Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip) Affecting juce-framework/JUCE package, versions [,6.1.5)



    Attack Complexity Low
    User Interaction Required
    Integrity High
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9.8 critical

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  • published 30 Jan 2022
  • disclosed 26 Jan 2022
  • credit Snyk Security Research Team

How to fix?

Upgrade juce-framework/JUCE to version 6.1.5 or higher.


juce-framework/JUCE is an open-source cross-platform C++ application framework for creating high quality desktop and mobile applications, including VST, VST3, AU, AUv3, RTAS and AAX audio plug-ins.

Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Arbitrary File Write via Archive Extraction (Zip Slip) via the ZipFile::uncompressEntry function in juce_ZipFile.cpp. This vulnerability is triggered when the archive is extracted upon calling uncompressTo() on a ZipFile object.


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