Path traversal when extracting archives in KDE Ark

Published: 2020-07-30 | Updated: 2020-08-14
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-16116
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software


Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains information about 1 vulnerabilities.

Updated 14.08.2020

Added fixed version.

1) Path traversal

EUVDB-ID: #VU32924

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-16116

CWE-ID: CWE-22 - Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal')

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform directory traversal attacks.

The vulnerability exists due to input validation error when processing directory traversal sequences within the archive. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted archive, trick the victim into extracting files from it and overwrite arbitrary files on the system with privileges of the current user.


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Vulnerable software versions

ark: 20.03.80 - 20.07.80

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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