USN-18-1: zip vulnerability

6 November 2004

zip vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 4.10

Software Description


HexView discovered a buffer overflow in the zip package. The overflow is triggered by creating a ZIP archive of files with very long path names. This vulnerability might result in execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user who calls zip.

This flaw may lead to privilege escalation on systems which automatically create ZIP archives of user supplied files, like backup systems or web applications.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 4.10

To update your system, please follow these instructions: