CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2010:0142
The GNU tar program saves many files together in one archive and can restore individual files (or all of the files) from that archive.
A heap-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way tar expanded archive files. If a user were tricked into expanding a specially-crafted archive, it could cause the tar executable to crash or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running tar. (CVE-2010-0624)
Red Hat would like to thank Jakob Lell for responsibly reporting this issue.
Users of tar are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.
Merged security bulletin from advisories: http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2010-March/028602.html http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2010-March/028603.html
Affected packages: tar
Upstream details at: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0142.html