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USN-1310-1: libarchive vulnerabilities

19 December 2011

libarchive could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Releases

Packages

  • libarchive - Library to read/write archive files

Details

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled certain ISO 9660
image files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted
ISO 9660 image file, a remote attacker could cause libarchive to crash or
possibly execute arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2011-1777)

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled certain tar archive
files. If a user were tricked into using a specially crafted tar file, a
remote attacker could cause libarchive to crash or possibly execute
arbitrary code with user privileges. (CVE-2011-1778)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.04
Ubuntu 10.10
Ubuntu 10.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.