Debian DLA-617-1 : libarchive security update

medium Nessus Plugin ID 93415


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


Several security vulnerabilities have been discovered in libarchive, a multi-format archive and compression library. An attacker could take advantage of these flaws to cause an out of bounds read or a denial of service against an application using the libarchive12 library using a carefully crafted input file.


Paris Zoumpouloglou of Project Zero labs discovered a flaw in libarchive bsdtar. Using a crafted file bsdtar can perform an out-of-bounds memory read which will lead to a SEGFAULT.


Alexander Cherepanov discovered a flaw in libarchive compression handling. Using a crafted gzip file, one can get libarchive to invoke an infinite chain of gzip compressors until all the memory has been exhausted or another resource limit kicks in.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 3.0.4-3+wheezy3.

We recommend that you upgrade your libarchive packages.

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


Upgrade the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 93415

File Name: debian_DLA-617.nasl

Version: 2.7

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/12/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

Supported Sensors: Agentless Assessment, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 4.3

Temporal Score: 3.2

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

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


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:bsdcpio, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:bsdtar, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libarchive-dev, p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:libarchive12, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:7.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/10/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-8915, CVE-2016-7166