RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : star (RHSA-2007:0873)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 25988


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


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

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

Star is a tar-like archiver. It saves multiple files into a single tape or disk archive, and can restore individual files from the archive. Star includes multi-volume support, automatic archive format detection and ACL support.

A path traversal flaw was discovered in the way star extracted archives. A malicious user could create a tar archive that would cause star to write to arbitrary files to which the user running star had write access. (CVE-2007-4134)

Red Hat would like to thank Robert Buchholz for reporting this issue.

As well, this update adds the command line argument '-..' to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 version of star. This allows star to extract files containing '/../' in their pathname.

Users of star should upgrade to this updated package, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected star package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 25988

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0873.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.19 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/09/05

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:star, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2007/09/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4134

BID: 25417

OSVDB: 39576

RHSA: 2007:0873

CWE: 22