Bug 1377926 (CVE-2016-8687) - CVE-2016-8687 libarchive: stack based buffer overflow in bsdtar_expand_char (util.c)
Summary: CVE-2016-8687 libarchive: stack based buffer overflow in bsdtar_expand_char (...
Alias: CVE-2016-8687
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
: 1385659 (view as bug list)
Depends On: 1378666 1385674 1385675 1385676
Blocks: 1376684 1385672
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Reported: 2016-09-21 03:33 UTC by Doran Moppert
Modified: 2021-02-17 03:18 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: libarchive 3.2.2
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Last Closed: 2016-09-23 03:20:52 UTC

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Description Doran Moppert 2016-09-21 03:33:17 UTC
Miscalculations in the safe_fprintf() function meant that the 
buffer allocated for decoding could be overflowed by crafted 
Unicode filenames.

Disclosed on oss-security:


Upstream issue:


Upstream fix:


Comment 1 Doran Moppert 2016-09-22 03:58:40 UTC
This only affects the bsdtar utility, libraries and applications linked against libarchive are not affected by this flaw.

Compiling with -fstack-protector-strong (as is the case in RHEL & Fedora) mitigates any code execution vector here.  In any case, the overflowed bytes are limited to ASCII octal escapes so even without these protections an attacker would need to be incredibly lucky to achieve more than a crash.

Comment 2 Doran Moppert 2016-09-23 03:15:31 UTC
Created libarchive tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1378666]

Comment 3 Doran Moppert 2016-09-23 03:18:27 UTC

Red Hat Product Security has rated this issue as having Low security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Issue Severity Classification: https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/.

Comment 4 Doran Moppert 2016-10-18 04:30:54 UTC
*** Bug 1385659 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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