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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS10-054
Technical name:MS10-054
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in SMB Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in SMB protocol on Windows 2008/7/Vista/2003/XP, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user and to launch denial of service attacks.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Aug. 11, 2010
Detection updated on:Aug. 24, 2010

Brief Description 


MS10-054 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol on Windows 2008/7/Vista/2003/XP, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed and denial of service attacks to be launched.

Server Message Block (SMB) is the file sharing protocol used by default on Windows-based computers.

If exploited successfully, MS10-054 allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user. It could cause the vulnerable system to stop responding until it is restarted.

MS10-054 is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted SMB packet and sending it to an affected system.


If you have a Windows 2008/7/Vista/2003/XP computer, 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 MS10-012.

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