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USN-5378-1: Gzip vulnerability

13 April 2022

Gzip could be made to overwrite arbitrary files.



  • gzip - GNU compression utilities


Cleemy Desu Wayo discovered that Gzip incorrectly handled certain
filenames. If a user or automated system were tricked into performing zgrep
operations with specially crafted filenames, a remote attacker could
overwrite arbitrary files.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 21.10
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 18.04

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


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