Security Update for Microsoft Visual Studio Code ESLint Extension (July 2020)

high Nessus Plugin ID 138523
New! Plugin Severity Now Using CVSS v3

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The remote host has an application installed that is missing a security update.


An input-validation flaw exists in Visual Studio Code Live Share Extension related to handling source code validation upon project opening that allows remote code execution. An attacker can convince a user to clone a specified repository and to open it in Visual Studio Code leading to code execution.

The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way Visual Studio Code ESLint handles environment variables.


Please see Microsoft security advisory for patch-information

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 138523

File Name: microsoft_visual_studio_code_ms20_july.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 7/16/2020

Updated: 10/25/2021

Dependencies: microsoft_visual_studio_code_win_extensions_installed.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-1481


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:microsoft:visual_studio_code

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/14/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/14/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-1481