Debian DLA-661-1 : libarchive security update

high Nessus Plugin ID 94102


The remote Debian host is missing a security update.


Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo discovered several security vulnerabilities in libarchive, a multi-format archive and compression library. An attacker could take advantage of these flaws to cause a buffer overflow or an out of bounds read using a carefully crafted input file.


Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo discovered a possible stack-based buffer overflow when printing a filename in bsdtar_expand_char() of util.c.


Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo discovered a possible out of bounds read when parsing multiple long lines in bid_entry() and detect_form() of archive_read_support_format_mtree.c.


Agostino Sarubbo of Gentoo discovered a possible heap-based buffer overflow when reading corrupted 7z files in read_Header() of archive_read_support_format_7zip.c.

For Debian 7 'Wheezy', these problems have been fixed in version 3.0.4-3+wheezy5.

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: High

ID: 94102

File Name: debian_DLA-661.nasl

Version: 2.8

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 10/18/2016

Updated: 1/11/2021

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

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

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


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/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: 10/17/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-8687, CVE-2016-8688, CVE-2016-8689