USN-1906-1: File Roller vulnerability

16 July 2013

file-roller vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10


File Roller could be made to create or overwrite files.

Software Description

  • file-roller - archive manager for GNOME


Yorick Koster discovered that File Roller incorrectly sanitized paths. If a user were tricked into extracting a specially-crafted archive, an attacker could create and overwrite files outside of the extraction directory.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
file-roller - 3.6.3-1ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 12.10
file-roller -

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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