USN-3225-1: libarchive vulnerabilities

9 March 2017

libarchive vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

libarchive could be made to crash, overwrite files, or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • libarchive - Library to read/write archive files

Details

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled hardlink entries when extracting archives. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files. (CVE-2016-5418)

Christian Wressnegger, Alwin Maier, and Fabian Yamaguchi discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled filename lengths when writing ISO9660 archives. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-6250)

Alexander Cherepanov discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled recursive decompressions. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libarchive to hang, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only applied to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2016-7166)

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled non-printable multibyte characters in filenames. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-8687)

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled line sizes when extracting certain archives. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-8688)

It was discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled multiple EmptyStream attributes when extracting certain 7zip archives. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2016-8689)

Jakub Jirasek discovered that libarchive incorrectly handled memory when extracting certain archives. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause libarchive to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2017-5601)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.10
libarchive13 - 3.2.1-2ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libarchive13 - 3.1.2-11ubuntu0.16.04.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libarchive13 - 3.1.2-7ubuntu2.4
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libarchive12 - 3.0.3-6ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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