RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : tar (RHSA-2006:0749)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 23959


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


Updated tar packages that fix a path traversal flaw are now available.

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.

Teemu Salmela discovered a path traversal flaw 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-2006-6097)

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: Medium

ID: 23959

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0749.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/12/30

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tar, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, 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: 2006/12/19

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/11/21

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-6097

OSVDB: 30721

RHSA: 2006:0749