Remote code execution in libarchive

Published: 2019-10-29 | Updated: 2019-10-29
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-18408
CWE ID CWE-416
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software libarchive Subscribe
Vendor libarchive

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free

Severity: High

CVSSv3: 8.5 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-18408

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error within the archive_read_format_rar_read_data() function in archive_read_support_format_rar.c in libarchive when handling certain ARCHIVE_FAILED situation, related to Ppmd7_DecodeSymbol. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted archive, pass it to the affected application trigger a use-after-free error and crash the application or execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

libarchive: 2.6.0, 2.6.1, 2.6.2, 2.6.992, 2.7.0, 2.7.1, 2.7.901, 2.7.902a, 2.8.0, 2.8.1, 2.8.2, 2.8.3, 2.8.4, 2.8.5, 2.9.0, 2.9.2, 2.9.3, 3.0.0, 3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.0.4, 3.1.0, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.900, 3.1.901, 3.1.901a, 3.2.0, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3.0, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3

CPE External links

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/oss-fuzz/issues/detail?id=14689
https://github.com/libarchive/libarchive/commit/b8592ecba2f9e451e1f5cb7ab6dcee8b8e7b3f60
https://github.com/libarchive/libarchive/compare/v3.3.3...v3.4.0

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to open a a specially crafted archive.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.