MS08-011 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of important vulnerabilities in Microsoft Works File Converter version 6 on certain Office and Works versions, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.
The affected versions are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 and 3.
- Microsoft Works 8.0.
- Microsoft Works Suite 2005.
If exploited successfully, MS08-011 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.
MS08-011 is usually exploited by sending a specially crafted .WPS file via email and enticing users into opening it or by hosting a specially crafted .WPS file in a web page and entincing users into visiting it.
If you have any of the vulnerable components mentioned above, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.