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MS09-051

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Other

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

The Windows Media Runtime provides information and tools for applications that use Windows Media content.

If exploited successfully, this vulnerability 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 ASF file and enticing users to open it. This file can be distributed through different means such as email or instant messaging programs.

 

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.