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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-1459

Original release date: 03/21/2012
Last revised: 11/06/2012


The TAR file parser in AhnLab V3 Internet Security 2011.01.18.00, Avira AntiVir, Antiy Labs AVL SDK, avast! Antivirus 4.8.1351.0 and 5.0.677.0, AVG Anti-Virus, Bitdefender 7.2, Quick Heal (aka Cat QuickHeal) 11.00, ClamAV 0.96.4, Command Antivirus, Comodo Antivirus 7424, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, F-Prot Antivirus, F-Secure Anti-Virus 9.0.16160.0, Fortinet Antivirus, G Data AntiVirus 21, Ikarus Virus Utilities T3 Command Line Scanner, Jiangmin Antivirus 13.0.900, K7 AntiVirus 9.77.3565, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, McAfee Anti-Virus Scanning Engine 5.400.0.1158, McAfee Gateway (formerly Webwasher) 2010.1C, Antimalware Engine 1.1.6402.0 in Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, NOD32 Antivirus 5795, Norman Antivirus 6.06.12, nProtect Anti-Virus 2011-01-17.01, Panda Antivirus, PC Tools AntiVirus, Rising Antivirus, Sophos Anti-Virus 4.61.0, AVEngine 20101.3.0.103 in Symantec Endpoint Protection 11, Trend Micro AntiVirus, Trend Micro HouseCall, VBA32, and VirusBuster allows remote attackers to bypass malware detection via a TAR archive entry with a length field corresponding to that entire entry, plus part of the header of the next entry. NOTE: this may later be SPLIT into multiple CVEs if additional information is published showing that the error occurred independently in different TAR parser implementations.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized modification

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External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80406
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80409
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80392
External Source: SUSE
Name: openSUSE-SU-2012:0833
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80403
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80407
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80390
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80391
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80395
External Source: XF
Name: multiple-av-tar-header-evasion(74302)
External Source: MISC
Name: http://www.ieee-security.org/TC/SP2012/program.html
External Source: BID
Name: 52623
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80396
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80393
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20120319 Evasion attacks expoliting file-parsing vulnerabilities in antivirus products
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 80389

Vulnerable software and versions

+ Configuration 1
+ OR
* cpe:/a:ahnlab:v3_internet_security:2011.01.18.00
* cpe:/a:avira:antivir:
* cpe:/a:antiy:avl_sdk:
* cpe:/a:alwil:avast_antivirus:4.8.1351.0
* cpe:/a:alwil:avast_antivirus:5.0.677.0
* cpe:/a:avg:avg_anti-virus:
* cpe:/a:bitdefender:bitdefender:7.2
* cpe:/a:cat:quick_heal:11.00
* cpe:/a:clamav:clamav:0.96.4
* cpe:/a:authentium:command_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:comodo:comodo_antivirus:7424
* cpe:/a:emsisoft:anti-malware:
* cpe:/a:f-prot:f-prot_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:f-secure:f-secure_anti-virus:9.0.16160.0
* cpe:/a:fortinet:fortinet_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:gdata-software:g_data_antivirus:21
* cpe:/a:ikarus:ikarus_virus_utilities_t3_command_line_scanner:
* cpe:/a:jiangmin:jiangmin_antivirus:13.0.900
* cpe:/a:k7computing:antivirus:9.77.3565
* cpe:/a:kaspersky:kaspersky_anti-virus:
* cpe:/a:mcafee:scan_engine:5.400.0.1158
* cpe:/a:mcafee:gateway:2010.1c
* cpe:/a:microsoft:security_essentials:2.0
* cpe:/a:eset:nod32_antivirus:5795
* cpe:/a:norman:norman_antivirus_%26_antispyware:6.06.12
* cpe:/a:nprotect:nprotect_antivirus:2011-01-17.01
* cpe:/a:pandasecurity:panda_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:pc_tools:pc_tools_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:rising-global:rising_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:sophos:sophos_anti-virus:4.61.0
* cpe:/a:symantec:endpoint_protection:11.0
* cpe:/a:trendmicro:trend_micro_antivirus:
* cpe:/a:trendmicro:housecall:
* cpe:/a:anti-virus:vba32:
* cpe:/a:virusbuster:virusbuster:

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Technical Details

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  • Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control (CWE-264)