Tar: Directory traversal vulnerability — GLSA 200612-10

Tar is vulnerable to directory traversal possibly allowing for the overwriting of arbitrary files.

Affected Packages

app-arch/tar on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.16-r2
Unaffected versions >= 1.16-r2

Background

The Tar program provides the ability to create and manipulate tar archives.

Description

Tar does not properly extract archive elements using the GNUTYPE_NAMES record name, allowing files to be created at arbitrary locations using symlinks. Once a symlink is extracted, files after the symlink in the archive will be extracted to the destination of the symlink.

Impact

An attacker could entice a user to extract a specially crafted tar archive, possibly allowing for the overwriting of arbitrary files on the system extracting the archive.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Tar users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/tar-1.16-r2"

References

Release Date
December 11, 2006

Latest Revision
December 11, 2006: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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