A path traversal vulnerability was found in Busybox implementation of tar. tar will extract a symlink that points outside of the current working directory and then follow that symlink when extracting other files. This allows for a directory traversal attack when extracting untrusted tarballs.
Created busybox tracking bugs for this issue:
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1274227]
The busybox packages are shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and earlier. However, they have a rather narrow use case that does not expose this flaw. Even when busybox packages are installed, there's no 'tar' symlinks created for user to accidentally use busybox version instead of the one provided by the tar packages. Users would have to explicitly execute "busybox tar" to use it, or create their own symlink.
Therefore, there's currently no plan to backport a fix for this issue to already released Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions.