MS05-023 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in the following programs:
- Word 2003, 2002 and 2000.
- Works Suite 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001.
If exploited successfully, MS05-023 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.
MS05-023 is exploited by enticing users into opening a specially crafted document that contains malicious code. This document can be distributed several methods, such as e-mail, websites, network shares, etc.
If you have any of the vulnerable programs installed on your computer, it is recommendable to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.