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



    Attack Complexity High

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  • published 11 Oct 2019
  • disclosed 10 Sep 2019
  • credit Semmle Security Research

Introduced: 10 Sep 2019

CVE NOT AVAILABLE CWE-22 Open this link in a new tab

How to fix?

Upgrade to version 0.5.0 or higher.

Overview is a package tvm which stands for Terraform version manager. It will automatically download and manage multiple Terraform binaries.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip). Files within a zip file can break out of the target directory when being extracted.


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