TortoiseSVN Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14422) Threat Alert

TortoiseSVN Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2019-14422) Threat Alert

setembro 3, 2019 | Adeline Zhang


On August 13, local time, a researcher from a vulnerability laboratory (vxrl team) disclosed a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-14422) in TortoiseSVN.

The URI handler of TortoiseSVN (Tsvncmd:) allows a customized diff operation on Excel workbooks. This vulnerability could be used to open remote workbooks without protection from macro security settings to execute arbitrary code.

An attacker could exploit this by putting a macro virus in a network drive, and force the victim to open a workbook and execute the macro inside. The vulnerability could be triggered by visiting a specially crafted URL via a web browser.


Affected Version

  • TortoiseSVN Version <= 1.12.1

Unaffected Versions

  • TortoiseSVN Version == 1.12.2


Currently, the vendor has officially released the latest version V1.12.2 to fix this vulnerability. Users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.

The update is available at the following link:


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