Remote Desktop Client for Windows RCE (July 2022)

high Nessus Plugin ID 163073


The Windows app installed on the remote host is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The Windows Remote Desktop client for Windows installed on the remote host is missing security updates. It is, therefore, affected by a remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Graphics component. An attacker can exploit this to bypass authentication and execute unauthorized arbitrary commands.

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to client version 1.2.3317 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 163073

File Name: smb_nt_ms22_jul_rdc.nasl

Version: 1.9

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 7/13/2022

Updated: 10/18/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.1

Temporal Score: 4.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-30221


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 8.2

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Microsoft Remote Desktop

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/12/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/12/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-30221

IAVA: 2022-A-0273-S