This vulnerability is particularly dangerous, as programs to create infected files have been released to the Internet. The malicious image files can be easily created and made part of a spam email or an inviting Web page.
While a Windows patch is unavailable, there is a way to temporarily bypass this vulnerability for Windows XP (SP1 and SP2), Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 (SP1). Information and instructions for the bypass method are listed in the Microsoft reference link below. It is recommended that this bypass be used for now and later removed after installation of the Microsoft patch for this WMF vulnerability.