MS06-025 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities on Windows 2003/XP/2000, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer:
- RRAS Memory Corruption.
- RASMAN Registry Corruption.
If exploited successfully, MS06-025 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.
Depending on the operating system under attack, several requirements must be fulfilled to compromise the computer:
- On Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 1, any user can exploit the vulnerability remotely by sending a specially crafted packet.
- On Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows 20003, the vulnerability can also be remotely exploited, but such packet must be sent by an authenticated user.
They can also be exploited by creating a program that passes parameters to the vulnerable component. Attacks can be launched across the Internet, but a firewall could be used in order to prevent those attacks.
If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000 computer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for these vulnerabilities. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.