#VU58205 Absolute Path Traversal in tar

Published: 2021-11-17

Vulnerability identifier: #VU58205

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-2021-32804


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 to a logic issue when file paths contained repeated path roots such as ////home/user/.bashrc. node-tar would only strip a single path root from such paths. When given an absolute file path with repeating path roots, the resulting path (e.g. ///home/user/.bashrc) would still resolve to an absolute path, thus allowing arbitrary file creation and overwrite.

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Vulnerable software versions

tar: 3.0.0 - 6.1.0

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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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