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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201111-11

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201111-11
Posted Nov 21, 2011
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201111-11 - A buffer overflow flaw in GNU Tar could result in execution of arbitrary code or a Denial of Service. Versions less than 1.23 are affected.

tags | advisory, denial of service, overflow, arbitrary
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2010-0624
SHA-256 | 3746f20494ec74f44d0067f12fceb02ac3f5570f1a17f9920a98a8a2780ca5e7

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201111-11

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Severity: Normal
Title: GNU Tar: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
Date: November 20, 2011
Bugs: #313333
ID: 201111-11

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Synopsis
========

A buffer overflow flaw in GNU Tar could result in execution of
arbitrary code or a Denial of Service.

Background
==========

GNU Tar is a utility to create archives as well as add and extract
files from archives.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
-------------------------------------------------------------------
1 app-arch/tar < 1.23 >= 1.23

Description
===========

GNU Tar is vulnerable to a boundary error in the rmt_read__ function in
lib/rtapelib.c, which could cause a heap-based buffer overflow.

Impact
======

A remote attacker could entice the user to load a specially crafted
archive, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or a
Denial of Service.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All GNU Tar users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/tar-1.23"

NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are
available since July 18, 2010. It is likely that your system is already
no longer affected by this issue.

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2010-0624
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2010-0624

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-201111-11.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users' machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2011 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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