Scientific Linux Security Update : libarchive on SL6.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 61183


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The libarchive programming library can create and read several different streaming archive formats, including GNU tar and cpio. It can also read ISO 9660 CD-ROM images.

Two heap-based buffer overflow flaws were discovered in libarchive. If a user were tricked into expanding a specially crafted ISO 9660 CD-ROM image or tar archive with an application using libarchive, it could cause the application to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application.
(CVE-2011-1777, CVE-2011-1778)

All libarchive users should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues. All running applications using libarchive must be restarted for this update to take effect.


Update the affected libarchive, libarchive-debuginfo and / or libarchive-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61183

File Name: sl_20111201_libarchive_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2014/08/16

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2011/12/01

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4666