[ASA-201903-7] pacman: arbitrary code execution

Levente Polyak anthraxx at archlinux.org
Mon Mar 11 20:50:36 UTC 2019

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201903-7

Severity: High
Date    : 2019-03-11
CVE-ID  : CVE-2019-9686
Package : pacman
Type    : arbitrary code execution
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-921


The package pacman before version 5.1.3-1 is vulnerable to arbitrary
code execution.


Upgrade to 5.1.3-1.

# pacman -Syu "pacman>=5.1.3-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 5.1.3.




pacman prior to version 5.1.3 allows directory traversal when
installing a remote package via a specified URL "pacman -U <url>" due
to an unsanitized file name received from a Content-Disposition header.
pacman renames the downloaded package file to match the name given in
this header. However, pacman did not sanitize this name, which may
contain slashes, before calling rename(). A malicious server (or a
network MitM if downloading over HTTP) can send a Content-Disposition
header to make pacman place the file anywhere in the filesystem,
potentially leading to arbitrary root code execution. Notably, this
bypasses pacman's package signature checking. This occurs in
curl_download_internal in lib/libalpm/dload.c.


A remote attacker in the position of man-in-the-middle or a malicious
server is able to execute arbitrary code as root when a user installs a
remote package via a specified URL.



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