RHEL 4 : tar (RHSA-2006:0232)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 21005
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionAn updated tar package that fixes a buffer overflow bug is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
This update has been rated as having Moderate 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.
Jim Meyering discovered a buffer overflow bug in the way GNU tar extracts malformed archives. By tricking a user into extracting a malicious tar archive, it is possible to execute arbitrary code as the user running tar. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2006-0300 to this issue.
Users of tar should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.
SolutionUpdate the affected tar package.