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USN-3132-1: tar vulnerability

USN-3132-1: tar vulnerability




Canonical Ubuntu

Versions Affected

  • Canonical Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Harry 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.

Affected Products and Versions

Severity is medium unless otherwise noted.

  • Cloud Foundry BOSH stemcells are vulnerable, including:
    • All versions prior to 3151.5
    • 3233.x versions prior to 3233.6
    • 3263.x versions prior to 3263.12
    • 3312.x versions prior to 3312.7
    • All other versions
  • All versions of Cloud Foundry cflinuxfs2 prior to v.1.92.0


Users of affected versions should apply the following mitigation:

  • The Cloud Foundry team recommends upgrading to the following BOSH stemcells:
    • Upgrade all lower versions of 3151.x to version 3151.5
    • Upgrade all lower versions of 3233.x to version 3233.6
    • Upgrade all lower versions of 3263.x to version 3263.12
    • Upgrade all lower versions of 3312.x to version 3312.7

    The Cloud Foundry project recommends that Cloud Foundry deployments run with cflinuxfs2 v.1.92.0 or later versions


Harry Sintonen


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Cloud Foundry Foundation Security Team, AUTHOR