#VU58204 Path traversal in tar

Published: 2021-11-17

Vulnerability identifier: #VU58204

Vulnerability risk: Medium

CVSSv3.1: 6.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-37713


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Web applications / JS libraries

Vendor: npm Inc.


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to overwrite arbitrary files on the system.

The vulnerability exists due insufficient logic on Windows systems when extracting tar files that contained a path that was not an absolute path, but specified a drive letter different from the extraction target, such as C:some\path. If the drive letter does not match the extraction target, for example D:\extraction\dir, then the result of path.resolve(extractionDirectory, entryPath) would resolve against the current working directory on the C: drive, rather than the extraction target directory.

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Vulnerable software versions

tar: 4.0.0 - 6.1.8

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Q & A

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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