KDE Project Security Advisory: Ark: maliciously crafted TAR archive with symlinks can install files outside the extraction directory.
Albert Astals Cid
aacid at kde.org
Thu Aug 27 20:57:36 BST 2020
KDE Project Security Advisory
Title: Ark: maliciously crafted TAR archive with symlinks can install files outside the extraction directory.
Risk Rating: Important
Versions: ark <= 20.08.0
Author: Elvis Angelaccio <elvis.angelaccio at kde.org>
Date: 27 August 2020
A maliciously crafted TAR archive containing symlink entries
would install files anywhere in the user's home directory upon extraction.
Proof of concept
For testing, an example of malicious archive can be found at
Users can unwillingly install files like a modified .bashrc, or a malicious
script placed in ~/.config/autostart.
Before extracting a downloaded archive using the Ark GUI, users should inspect it
to make sure it doesn't contain symlink entries pointing outside the extraction folder.
The 'Extract' context menu from the Dolphin file manager shouldn't be used.
Ark 20.08.1 skips maliciously crafted symlinks when extracting TAR archives.
Alternatively, https://invent.kde.org/utilities/ark/-/commit/8bf8c5ef07b0ac5e914d752681e470dea403a5bd can be applied to previous
Thanks to Fabian Vogt for reporting this issue and for fixing it.
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