Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 : tar vulnerability (USN-257-1)

Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2006-2013 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2006-2013 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.

Description :

Jim Meyering discovered that tar did not properly verify the validity
of certain header fields in a GNU tar archive. By tricking an user
into processing a specially crafted tar archive, this could be
exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.

The tar version in Ubuntu 4.10 is not affected by this vulnerability.

Solution :

Update the affected tar package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.1

Family: Ubuntu Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 21065 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-0300