Debian DSA-987-1 : tar - buffer overflow

medium Nessus Plugin ID 22853


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Jim Meyering discovered several buffer overflows in GNU tar, which may lead to the execution of arbitrary code through specially crafted tar archives.


Upgrade the tar package.

The old stable distribution (woody) is not affected by this problem.

For the stable distribution (sarge) this problem has been fixed in version 1.14-2.1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 22853

File Name: debian_DSA-987.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/14/2006

Updated: 1/4/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.5


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:debian:debian_linux:tar, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 3/7/2006

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/22/2006

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0300

DSA: 987