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MS05-044

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS05-044
Technical name:MS05-044
Threat level:Low
Alias:Vulnerability in the Windows FTP client, Vulnerabilidad en el cliente FTP de Windows
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability on Windows 2003/XP computers and Internet Explorer version 6 on Windows 2000, which allows hackers to save a file that the affected user tries to download via the Windows FTP client in a location where it could have unexpected effects.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP

First detected on:Oct. 14, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 14, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS05-044 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a moderate vulnerability on Windows 2003/XP computers and Internet Explorer 6 on Windows 2000, which allows the intended destination directory for a file transfer to be modified, if the user has chosen to transfer a file manually via FTP.

If exploited successfully, MS05-044 allows hackers to save a file that the affected user tries to download via the Windows FTP client in a location where it could have unexpected effects. For example, the Windows Startup directory, where it will be run whenever Windows is started.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by hosting a file with an specially-crafted file name on an FTP server and enticing users into downloading it via the Windows FTP client.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000 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.