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|worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Player on Windows XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer. The affected Windows Media Player version is 9 series.|
Windows Media Player is a feature for playing audio and video.
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 hosting a malicious website that contains specially crafted media content and convincing users to access it.
If you have Windows Media Player 9 series installed on your Windows 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 MS07-047.