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

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 70394


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


Two heap-based buffer overflow flaws were found in the way libtar handled certain archives. If a user were tricked into expanding a specially- crafted archive, it could cause the libtar executable or an application using libtar to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2013-4397)

Note: This issue only affected 32-bit builds of libtar.


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 70394

File Name: sl_20131010_libtar_on_SL6_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.2 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/10/11

Modified: 2013/10/20

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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: 2013/10/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-4397