This vulnerability only affects Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 are not affected. Not surprisingly, there have been reports of fake Michael Jackson videos sent via e-mail or served on web pages that include malware using this known vulnerability.
Microsoft has issued a workaround that disables the Microsoft Video ActiveX Control automatically on a computer that is running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Home computer users using Windows XP are strongly encouraged to use the Microsoft Fix it solution in order to disable the ActiveX Control.
Click the Fix it image to access the workaround:
- Advisory: Microsoft Security Advisory (972890): Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution
- Fix it: Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX control could allow remote code execution
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