libarchive up to 3.1.x ZIP Archive archive_read_support_format_zip.c zip_read_mac_metadata input validation

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A vulnerability was found in libarchive up to 3.1.x (File Compression Software). It has been classified as critical. This affects the function zip_read_mac_metadata of the file archive_read_support_format_zip.c of the component ZIP Archive Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 05/07/2016 (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2016-1541 since 01/07/2016. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 91026 (FreeBSD : libarchive -- RCE vulnerability (2b4c8e1f-1609-11e6-b55e-b499baebfeaf)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FreeBSD Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 236087 (Red Hat Update for libarchive (RHSA-2016:1844)).

Upgrading to version 3.2.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 days after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (91026).






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Class: Input validation
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 91026
Nessus Name: FreeBSD : libarchive -- RCE vulnerability (2b4c8e1f-1609-11e6-b55e-b499baebfeaf)
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OpenVAS ID: 54990
OpenVAS Name: Ubuntu Update for libarchive USN-2981-1
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Upgrade: libarchive 3.2.0


01/07/2016 🔍
05/02/2016 +116 days 🔍
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Advisory: USN-2981-1
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CVE: CVE-2016-1541 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 89355 - libarchive 'archive_read_support_format_zip.c' Heap Buffer Overflow Vulnerability


Created: 05/08/2016 10:23 AM
Updated: 07/30/2022 01:54 AM
Changes: 05/08/2016 10:23 AM (68), 11/21/2018 04:33 AM (13), 07/30/2022 01:46 AM (5), 07/30/2022 01:54 AM (1)
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