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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Visual Studio Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Visual Studio Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1026792
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1026792
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-0008   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 13 2012
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2008 SP1, 2010, 2010 SP1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Visual Studio. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

The software does not securely load add-ins from within Visual Studio. A local user can place a specially crafted add-in in the path used by Visual Studio. Then, when Visual Studio is started by the target user, the specially crafted add-in will be loaded and executed with the privileges of the target user.

Laplinker reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=99d7c39a-14f1-4e7e-8a4f-2466b16821eb

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f80235ae-da15-4527-93b3-c2f31ec2f387

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e2aaec35-b2c0-48f0-8a51-34e44f6d12fb

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-021

Vendor URL:  technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-021 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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