Beware of Elevated Privileges in Visual Studio

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

Microsoft Visual Studio is a popular integrated development environment used by many developers. However, a vulnerability has been discovered that could allow attackers to elevate their privileges when using affected versions of Visual Studio.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-20656, has a CVSS score of 7.8 out of 10. This means it is a high severity issue that enables attackers to execute arbitrary code with elevated system privileges.

By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker could gain full control of the targeted system. They would then be able to install programs, view, change or delete data, or create new accounts with full admin access.

The vulnerability resides in how Visual Studio handles certain project files. By tricking a user into opening a specially crafted file, an attacker could exploit the elevation of privilege vulnerability. This could potentially allow the execution of malicious code without the user’s knowledge or consent.

If you use Visual Studio, you should ensure you have installed the latest updates released by Microsoft. Keeping your integrated development environment updated will help protect against threats like this. You should also be cautious about opening files from untrusted sources that could contain malicious code.

Staying vigilant about application updates and practicing safe digital habits are the best ways to protect yourself from vulnerabilities like this one in Visual Studio. Taking proactive steps helps deny attackers opportunities to compromise your devices or development environment.