Privilege escalation in Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code



Published: 2020-07-14
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-1416
CWE-ID CWE-264
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
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Visual Studio
Universal components / Libraries / Software for developers

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

EUVDB-ID: #VU29830

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1416

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

Exploit availability: No

Description

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

The vulnerability exists due to application does not properly impose security restrictions in Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code when they load software dependencies. A local user can plant malicious content on an affected computer and wait for another user to launch Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code, leading to privilege escalation.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Visual Studio: 2017 version 15.9 - 2019 version 16.6


CPE2.3 External links

http://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-1416

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. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.



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