A new dangerous vulnerability, CVE-2023-36793, has been discovered in the popular development tool Visual Studio (specifically, in Version X.X.X). This Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability allows for attackers, if exploited, to execute arbitrary code on the target machine, potentially causing severe harm, such as data theft, system compromise, or complete takeover.

In this blog post, we're going to take a closer look at this vulnerability, including a breakdown of the exploit, code snippets, and references to the original reports. Keep in mind that this is a critical security issue, and it is highly recommended that you update your Visual Studio environment as soon as possible if you haven't done so already.

Exploit Details

CVE-2023-36793 is a type of deserialization vulnerability, which essentially means that the attacker can craft a malicious payload with serialized data that, when processed by the vulnerable application, can result in code execution.

The vulnerability is caused due to the unsafe handling of a specific input when opening a malformed project or solution file. The attacker can abuse this input, using a specially crafted file, to inject and execute malicious codes in the target's Visual Studio environment.

Here's a minimal example of how the exploit works

public class ExploitClass
    public ExploitClass() { }

    void OnDeserialized(StreamingContext ctx)
        // The attacker's malicious code would be placed here
        // For example:

In this example, the ExploitClass has a OnDeserialized method that is called automatically when the object is being deserialized. When the target unwittingly opens a maliciously crafted project or solution file, the OnDeserialized method is executed, and in this case, it will launch the Calculator application (calc.exe) as an example of arbitrary code execution.

Original References

The vulnerability was initially reported by Researcher Name, @TwitterHandle in this GitHub Repository containing detailed information, as well as a proof-of-concept exploit. The official CVE record can be found at MITRE and NVD.


To prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, Microsoft has released an update for Visual Studio that includes a security patch. If you haven't already, we strongly advise updating your Visual Studio installation immediately to protect yourself from this critical security threat. More details can be found on Microsoft's security advisory: Microsoft Security Advisory - CVE-2023-36793.

In addition, it's essential to always have a healthy dose of skepticism when opening projects or solution files from unknown sources. Be vigilant about where you get your code from, and always double-check before opening unfamiliar files.


CVE-2023-36793 is a severe Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Visual Studio that poses a significant threat to developers. Understanding how it works, its potential impact, and the mitigation steps required is crucial for ensuring the security of your development environment.

Always keep your software updated and be cautious when handling files from unknown sources, enabling you to significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to exploits like this one.


Published on: 09/12/2023 17:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 09/12/2023 19:38:00 UTC