Severity: critical

Remote Code Execution



Affected versions of electron may be susceptible to a remote code execution flaw when certain conditions are met:

  1. The electron application is running on Windows.
  2. The electron application registers as the default handler for a protocol, such as nodeapp://.

This vulnerability is caused by a failure to sanitize additional arguments to chromium in the command line handler for Electron.

MacOS and Linux are not vulnerable.


Update electron to a version that is not vulnerable. If updating is not possible, the electron team has provided the following guidance:

If for some reason you are unable to upgrade your Electron version, you can append -- as the last argument when calling app.setAsDefaultProtocolClient, which prevents Chromium from parsing further options. The double dash -- signifies the end of command options, after which only positional parameters are accepted.

app.setAsDefaultProtocolClient(protocol, process.execPath, [
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Advisory timeline

  1. published

    Advisory published
    Jan 23rd, 2018
  2. reported

    Initial report by Zeke Sikelianos
    Jan 23rd, 2018