Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS / 16.10 : tar vulnerability (USN-3132-1)
Medium Nessus Plugin ID 95054
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.
DescriptionHarry Sintonen discovered that tar incorrectly handled extracting files when path names are specified on the command line. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted archive, an attacker could possibly overwrite arbitrary files.
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.
SolutionUpdate the affected tar package.