Privilege escalation in Visual Studio

Published: 2018-12-11 | Updated: 2018-12-23
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2018-8599
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software Visual Studio Subscribe
Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Privilege escalation

Severity: Low

CVSSv3: 8.5 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8599

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain elevated privileges.

The weakness exists due to an error when the Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Service improperly impersonates certain file operations. A remote attacker can gain elevated privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

Visual Studio: 2015 Update 3, 2017, 2017 version 15.9

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.