RHEL 2.1 / 3 : tar (RHSA-2006:0195)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 20965


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated tar package that fixes a path traversal flaw is now available.

This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

The GNU tar program saves many files together in one archive and can restore individual files (or all of the files) from that archive.

In 2002, a path traversal flaw was found in the way GNU tar extracted archives. A malicious user could create a tar archive that could write to arbitrary files to which the user running GNU tar has write access (CVE-2002-0399). Red Hat included a backported security patch to correct this issue in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, and an erratum for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 users was issued.

During internal testing, we discovered that our backported security patch contained an incorrect optimization and therefore was not sufficient to completely correct this vulnerability. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2005-1918 to this issue.

Users of tar should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a replacement backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected tar package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 20965

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0195.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/02/22

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.6

Temporal Score: 2.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tar, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2006/02/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-1918

BID: 5834

RHSA: 2006:0195