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MS05-001

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS05-001
Technical name:MS05-001
Threat level:Low
Alias:Vulnerability in HTML Help
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability in Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/Me/98 computers, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged-on user.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98

First detected on:Jan. 12, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 12, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS05-001 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/Me/98 computers, which allows to remotely execute arbitrary code in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS05-001 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.

MS05-001 is exploited by creating a specially crafted web page, and enticing users into accessing it.

 

If you have a Windows XP/2000/NT/Me/98 computer, it is recommendable to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.