|worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed and information to be disclosed in the vulnerable computer. Affected versions of Internet Explorer are 5.01, 6 SP1, 6, and 7.|
MS08-058 could allow 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.
It could also allow an attacker to gain access to a browser window in another domain or Internet Explorer zone.
MS08-058 is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted web page and enticing users into accessing it. The link to the website can be distributed using several methods, such as email, instant messaging programs, etc.
If you have any of the vulnerable versions of Internet Explorer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch. However, provided that this is a cumulative patch, make sure that you download the latest security patch available.