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MS09-017

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Other

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in PowerPoint, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

The affected versions are:

  • Office PowerPoint:
    - PowerPoint 2007.
    - PowerPoint Viewer 2007.
    - PowerPoint 2003.
    - PowerPoint Viewer 2003.
    - PowerPoint 2002.
    - PowerPoint 2000.
  • Office for Mac:
    - Office 2008 for Mac.
    - Office 2004 for Mac.
    - Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.
  • Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.
  • Works 9.0 and 8.5.  

 

If exploited successfully, MS09-017 allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user. If this user had administrator rights, the hacker could take complete control of the system: create, modify or delete files, install programs, create new user accounts, etc.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted file and enticing users to execute it. This file can be distributed via email, hosted in a website, etc.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable components, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.