Bug 1947534 (CVE-2020-36314) - CVE-2020-36314 file-roller: directory traversal via directory symlink pointing outside of the target directory (incomplete fix for CVE-2020-11736)
Summary: CVE-2020-36314 file-roller: directory traversal via directory symlink pointin...
Alias: CVE-2020-36314
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1947535 1948649
Blocks: 1947536
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2021-04-08 16:55 UTC by Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz
Modified: 2021-11-09 23:51 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

Fixed In Version: file-roller 3.39.1
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A path traversal vulnerability was found in file-roller due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2020-11736. It may still be possible to extract files outside of the intended directory in case of malicious archives containing symbolic links. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to data integrity and system availability.
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Last Closed: 2021-11-09 23:51:02 UTC

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2021:4179 0 None None None 2021-11-09 17:36:04 UTC

Description Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2021-04-08 16:55:04 UTC
fr-archive-libarchive.c in GNOME file-roller through 3.38.0, as used by GNOME Shell and other software, allows Directory Traversal during extraction because it lacks a check of whether a file's parent is a symlink in certain complex situations. NOTE: this issue exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2020-11736.


Upstream patch:

Comment 1 Guilherme de Almeida Suckevicz 2021-04-08 16:55:19 UTC
Created file-roller tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1947535]

Comment 4 Mauro Matteo Cascella 2021-04-20 17:55:38 UTC
The fix for CVE-2020-11736 that turned out to be incomplete was introduced in file-roller 3.36.2:

Comment 5 Mauro Matteo Cascella 2021-04-20 19:02:59 UTC
As noted upstream, vulnerable versions of file-roller didn't properly handle symbolic links during archive extraction. Specifically, the issue could occur with a crafted archive containing a symbolic link (e.g., par -> cur/..) pointing to another symbolic link (e.g., cur -> .)

The resulting path was not resolved correctly, leading to path traversal and potential file overwrite.

Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2021-11-09 17:36:02 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Via RHSA-2021:4179 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2021:4179

Comment 8 Product Security DevOps Team 2021-11-09 23:51:01 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


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