Remote code execution in Visual Studio Code Python Extension

Published: 2021-03-17
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-17163
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Visual Studio Code Python Extension
Web applications / Modules and components for CMS

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Code Injection

EUVDB-ID: #VU51515

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-17163

CWE-ID: CWE-94 - Improper Control of Generation of Code ('Code Injection')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation. A remote attacker can trick the victim to open a specially crafted file and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Visual Studio Code Python Extension: 2020.1.57204 - 2021.2.636928669

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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