#VU22332 Use-after-free in libarchive

Published: 2019-10-29

Vulnerability identifier: #VU22332

Vulnerability risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-18408


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Client/Desktop applications / Software for archiving

Vendor: libarchive


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.

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Vulnerable software versions

libarchive: 2.6.0 - 3.3.3

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Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

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

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

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

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