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Microsoft Visual Studio Add-In Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

March 13, 2012

Description

Microsoft Visual Studio is prone to a local privilege-escalation vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges. Successful exploits will result in the complete compromise of affected computers.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1

Recommendations

Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires local access to an affected computer. Grant local access for trusted and accountable users only.
Vendor updates are available. Please see the reference advisory for more information.

Credits

Laplinker
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