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MS05-052

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS05-052
Technical name:MS05-052
Threat level:Low
Alias:Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer, Actualización de Seguridad Acumulativa para Internet Explorer
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 5.01, 5.5 and 6 on Windows 2003/XP/2000/Me/98 computers, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/2000/ME/98

First detected on:Oct. 13, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 13, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS05-052 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer on Windows 2003/XP/2000/Me/98 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer. Affected versions of Internet Explorer are 5.01, 5.5 and 6.

If exploited successfully, MS05-052 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 web page and enticing users into accessing it. Additionally, some of them can be exploited by an email message in HTML format that is sent to a vulnerable computer.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000/Me/98 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. However, provided that this is a cumulative patch, make sure that you download the latest security patch available.