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Privilege escalation in Visual Studio Code

Published: 2019-10-17
Severity Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-1414
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Visual Studio Code
Universal components / Libraries / Software for developers

Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Severity: Low

CVSSv3: 6.8 [CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-1414

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

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the system.

The vulnerability exists due to an error in Visual Studio Code Visual Studio Code. A local user can run a specially crafted application to inject and execute arbitrary code on the system in context of the current user.


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Vulnerable software versions

Visual Studio Code: 1.30.0, 1.30.1, 1.30.2, 1.31.0, 1.31.1, 1.32.0, 1.32.1, 1.32.2, 1.32.3, 1.33.0, 1.33.1, 1.34.0, 1.35.0, 1.35.1, 1.36.0, 1.36.1, 1.37.0, 1.37.1, 1.38.0, 1.38.1, 1.39.0

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

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