Description of the security update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 3: March 10, 2020

Applies to: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3

Applies to: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 Community, Professional, Enterprise, and Remote Tools. 

Does not apply to: Build Tools, Visual Studio 2015 Isolated and Integrated Shells.


An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists if the Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector handles file operations incorrectly, or the Windows Diagnostics Hub Standard Collector Service does not sanitize input correctly.

To learn more about the vulnerability, go to CVE-2020-0793 and CVE-2020-0810.

How to obtain and install the update

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3

Method 1: Microsoft Download

The following file is available for download:

Download Download the hotfix package now.

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website. 

Visual Studio 2015 Remote Tools

To download the updated remote tools for Visual Studio 2015 Update 3, go to the following Microsoft webpage:

Download Visual Studio 2015 Update: Remote Tools

More information


To apply this security update, you must have Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 installed.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this security update if an instance of Visual Studio is being used.

Security update replacement information

This security update doesn't replace other security updates.

Deployment information

For deployment details for this security update, go to the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Security update deployment information: March 10, 2020

File hash information

File name SHA1 hash SHA256 hash
VS14-KB4538032.exe 725B03334D89614F87A1777DD31F0160F803AE1B DEBAB8B6705C03ED8CAE21AE961F8E0F950ABDBCB3C0D36F7CAF7961C591BD15

File information

The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Installation verification

To check that this security update was applied correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Visual Studio 2015 folder.
  2. Locate the DiagnosticsHub.StandardCollector.Runtime.dll file.
  3. Verify that the file version is equal to or greater than 14.0.27539.1.

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