This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Code Injection

Risk: Medium

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

CVE-ID:
CVE-2020-16977

CWE-ID:
CWE-94 – Improper Control of Generation of Code (‘Code Injection’)

Exploit availability:
No

Description

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

The vulnerability exists in Visual Studio Code when the Python extension loads a Jupyter notebook file. A remote attacker can trick a 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.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor’s website.

Vulnerable software versions

Visual Studio Code:

CPE

External links

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-16977

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.



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