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USN-2549-1: libarchive vulnerabilities

25 March 2015

libarchive could be made to crash or overwrite files.



  • libarchive - Library to read/write archive files


It was discovered that the libarchive bsdcpio utility extracted absolute
paths by default without using the --insecure flag, contrary to
expectations. If a user or automated system were tricked into extracting
cpio archives containing absolute paths, a remote attacker may be able to
write to arbitrary files. (CVE-2015-2304)

Fabian Yamaguchi discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled certain
type conversions. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause
libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only
affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2013-0211)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04

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