Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip) Affecting package, versions <0.9.0



    Attack Complexity Low
    Integrity High

    Threat Intelligence

    Exploit Maturity Proof of concept
    EPSS 0.09% (39th percentile)
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7.5 high

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  • published 1 Sep 2020
  • disclosed 1 Sep 2020
  • credit Georgios Gkitsas of Snyk Security Team

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Upgrade to version 0.9.0 or higher.

Overview is a package that provides Go versions of standard Linux tools and bootloaders. It also provides tools for compiling Go programs in a single binary and creating initramfs images.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip). It is vulnerable to both leading and non-leading relative path traversal attacks in zip file extraction.


package main

import ( "fmt" uzip "" )

func main() { file := ""

err := uzip.FromZip(file, &quot;.&quot;)
if err != nil {


with "" being a zip archive that includes a file with filepath that uses leading or non-leading "../" .


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