Security Updates for Microsoft Visual Studio Products (Aug 2018)

high Nessus Plugin ID 111973
New! Plugin Severity Now Using CVSS v3

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The Microsoft Visual Studio Products are affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The Microsoft Visual Studio Products are missing security updates. It is, therefore, affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability when Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector allows file creation in arbitrary locations. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system. An attacker could then run a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerability and take control of an affected system.


Refer to vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 111973

File Name: smb_nt_ms18_aug_visual_studio.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 8/17/2018

Updated: 7/2/2019

Dependencies: microsoft_visual_studio_installed.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-0952


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:microsoft:visual_studio

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Microsoft Visual Studio

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/14/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/14/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-0952