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MS09-052

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Other

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Player on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer. The affected Windows Media Player version is 6.4.

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 Windows Media Player 6.4 on your Windows 2003/XP/2000, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces a previous one, called MS08-076.