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MS05-005

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS05-005
Technical name:MS05-005
Threat level:Low
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Office XP
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability in certain programs, such as Office XP, Project 2002 and Visio 2002, 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

First detected on:Feb. 9, 2005
Detection updated on:Feb. 9, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS05-005 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in the following programs:

  • Office XP.
  • Project 2002.
  • Visio 2002.
  • Works Suite.

These programs present a buffer overrun vulnerability, which if exploited successfully, 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.

MS05-005 is exploited by crafting a link that references a malicious code. This link is then massively sent to users in an e-mail message that attempts to entice them into accessing it. This vulnerability can also be exploited by hosting the malicious code in a website, and persuading users to access it.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable programs installed on your 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.