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MS09-029

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in the Embedded OpenType Font engine on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Embedded OpenType (EOT) fonts enable users to view web pages exactly as the author intended.

If exploited successfully, MS09-029 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.

In order to exploit this vulnerability the user needs to view content rendered in a specially crafted EOT font. It can be sent via email in a message with a Word or Power Point file containing a specially crafted EOT font attached. It can also be exploited by hosting a website that contains specially crafted content.

 

If you have a Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.