Debian DLA-1623-1 : tar security update

Low Nessus Plugin ID 119957


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


It was discovered that there was a potential denial of service vulnerability in tar, the GNU version of the tar UNIX archiving utility.

The --sparse argument looped endlessly if the file shrank whilst it was being read. Tar would only break out of this endless loop if the file grew again to (or beyond) its original end of file.

For Debian 8 'Jessie', this issue has been fixed in tar version 1.27.1-2+deb8u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your tar packages.

NOTE: Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the DLA security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Upgrade the affected tar, and tar-scripts packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 119957

File Name: debian_DLA-1623.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2019/01/02

Updated: 2019/02/15

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 1.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 4.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:tar, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:tar-scripts, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:8.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2018/12/31

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2018/12/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-20482