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|worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in different components of DirectShow on Windows 2008/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.|
The affected DirectShow components are the following:
- AVI Filter on Windows 2003/XP/2000.
- Quartz on Windows 2008/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000.
If exploited successfully, MS10-013 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.
This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted AVI file and enticing users to open it. This malicious file can be sent via email or hosted in a website.
If you have any of the vulnerable DirectShow components, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.
Moreover, bear in mind that this bulletin replaces some previous ones, called MS09-038 and MS08-033, depending on the operating system version.