Microsoft is actively investigating reports of a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Video ActiveX control that could allow remote code execution. Microsoft is working to develop a security update for Windows to address this vulnerability.

What you need to know

·         If you use Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 you are not affected.

·         If you use Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Service Pack 3 your computer might be affected.

·         The vulnerability might affect one of the main components that Microsoft Windows Media Center uses for recording and playing television video.

·         If you are logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take control of your system.

What you can do to help protect yourself

·         Turn on automatic updating so your computer will automatically download and install the security update when it is available.

·         If you have advanced technical knowledge and you want to enable a workaround right now, visit Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX control could allow remote code execution.


For more specific information about this vulnerability, see Microsoft Security Advisory (972890): Vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

For more general information about your computer’s security, see 4 steps to protect your computer.

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