Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 15.10 / 16.04 LTS : libarchive vulnerabilities (USN-2981-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 91219


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled certain entry-size values in ZIP archives. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-1541)

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled memory when processing certain tar files. A remote attacker could use this issue to cuase libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE number pending).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected libarchive12 and / or libarchive13 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 91219

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2981-1.nasl

Version: 2.9

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2016/05/18

Updated: 2019/09/18

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libarchive12, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libarchive13, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:15.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2016/05/17

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2016/05/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-1541

USN: 2981-1