Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip) Affecting package, versions <0.5.0

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  • snyk-id


  • published

    4 Dec 2020

  • disclosed

    4 Dec 2020

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Overview is an offers functions for packing and unpacking Terraform Enterprise compatible slugs (gzip compressed tar files containing Terraform configuration files).

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip). It does not address attempts at directory traversal involving ../ and symlinks.


It is exploited using a specially crafted zip archive, that holds path traversal filenames. When exploited, a filename in a malicious archive is concatenated to the target extraction directory, which results in the final path ending up outside of the target folder. For instance, a zip may hold a file with a "../../file.exe" location and thus break out of the target folder. If an executable or a configuration file is overwritten with a file containing malicious code, the problem can turn into an arbitrary code execution issue quite easily.

The following is an example of a zip archive with one benign file and one malicious file. Extracting the malicous file will result in traversing out of the target folder, ending up in /root/.ssh/ overwriting the authorized_keys file:

+2018-04-15 22:04:29 ..... 19 19 good.txt

+2018-04-15 22:04:42 ..... 20 20 ../../../../../../root/.ssh/authorized_keys