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Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')

CVE-2020-36314

Severity Low
Score 3.9/10

Summary

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.

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  • LOCAL
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  • UNCHANGED
  • REQUIRED
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  • NONE
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CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access

'Improper link resolution before file access' occurs when software accesses a file resource but fails to verify that the file isn't a link or shortcut to another file. An attacker can potentially gain access to arbitrary files and from there the impact can vary, depending on the application, from sensitive data exposure to remote code execution.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published