Description of the security update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Update 3: April 14, 2020

Applies to: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3

Applies to: Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 Community, Professional, Enterprise, and Test Pro

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


An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists if Microsoft Visual Studio updater service incorrectly handles file permissions, or the Visual Studio Extension Installer Service incorrectly handles file operations.

To learn more about the vulnerability, go to CVE-2020-0900.

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. 

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: April 14, 2020

File hash information

File name SHA1 hash SHA256 hash
vs14-kb4540102.exe E6AF278D8C48BD6FB68488B9ADDAE4E41BB3BCD1 6E2CFDDE06E96873900B56F3231F836FE0879CDBD3C4FF6527D34B72A9DACCBA

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. Navigate to Common7\IDE\PrivateAssemblies\Microsoft.VisualStudio.RemoteControl.dll.
  3. Verify that the file version is equal to

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