RHEL 4 : tar (RHSA-2006:0232)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 21005


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An 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.


Update the affected tar package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 21005

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0232.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/03/06

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tar, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/03/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/02/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0300

OSVDB: 23371

RHSA: 2006:0232