Ubuntu Security Notice USN-709-1
15th January, 2009
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 7.10
- Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
Dmitry V. Levin discovered a buffer overflow in tar. If a user or automated
system were tricked into opening a specially crafted tar file, an attacker
could crash tar or possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
user invoking the program.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the