RHEL 4 / 5 : tar (RHSA-2010:0141)

high Nessus Plugin ID 46264


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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated tar package that fixes two security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

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.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way tar expanded archive files. If a user were tricked into expanding a specially crafted archive, it could cause the tar executable to crash or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running tar.

Red Hat would like to thank Jakob Lell for responsibly reporting the CVE-2010-0624 issue.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way tar expanded archive files. If a user expanded a specially crafted archive, it could cause the tar executable to crash. (CVE-2007-4476)

Users of tar are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches to correct these issues.


Update the affected tar package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 46264

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2010-0141.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/11/2010

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:tar, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.8, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.4

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: 3/15/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/4/2007

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4476, CVE-2010-0624

BID: 26445, 38628

RHSA: 2010:0141

CWE: 119