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libarchive contains a heap-based buffer overflow due to improper input validation

Vulnerability Note VU#862384

Original Release Date: 2016-05-02 | Last Revised: 2016-05-04


An attacker may be able to coerce a user into executing arbitrary code in the context of the current user by attempting to unzip a crafted zip file provided by the attacker.


CWE-20: Improper Input Validation - CVE-2016-1541

A crafted zip file can provide an incorrect compressed size, which may allow an attacker to place arbitrary code on the heap and execute it in the context of the current user. The user must be coerced into unzipping the crafted zip file.

The researcher has confirmed that version 3.1.2 is impacted. Previous versions may also be affected.


An attacker may be able coerce a user into unzipping a file that executes arbitrary code in the context of the current user.


Apply an update

libarchive has released version 3.2.0 which addresses this problem. Affected users should update as soon as possible.

Vendor Information


libarchive Affected

Notified:  February 22, 2016 Updated: May 02, 2016

Statement Date:   April 30, 2016



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 6.8 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 6.1 E:POC/RL:U/RC:C
Environmental 4.6 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Rock Stevens and Andrew Ruef for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Garret Wassermann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2016-1541
Date Public: 2016-05-01
Date First Published: 2016-05-02
Date Last Updated: 2016-05-04 18:58 UTC
Document Revision: 40

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