USN-3074-1: File Roller vulnerability

8 September 2016

file-roller vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


File Roller could be made to delete files.

Software Description

  • file-roller - archive manager for GNOME


It was discovered that File Roller incorrectly handled symlinks. If a user were tricked into extracting a specially-crafted archive, an attacker could delete files outside of the extraction directory.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
file-roller - 3.16.5-0ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
file-roller -

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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