Errors when extracting ZIP files. It can not differentiate between files and directories

Bug #1830629 reported by Alejandro Claro on 2019-05-27
This bug affects 1 person
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libarchive (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

* Impact
The bionic version has a known problem when reading file entries in ZIP files, where it incorrectly identifies directories and files entries.

* Test case
$ wget
$ bsdtar -vxf
$ ls -l

The 'ABCD_1234' and 'empty' entries should be directories

* Regression potential
Check that extracting zips from bsdtar or nautilus work without issue


It has been confirmed that the previous and following versions (3.3.1+) do not have this problem and the library handles the ZIP files correctly.

Is it possible to include a newer version of libarchive (3.3.1+) in Bionic?

This problem is seriously affecting some of our systems.

Alejandro Claro (aclaro) wrote :

Here are the references to the related issues reported previously in libarchive GitHub:

And the pull request that solves the issue:

Alex Murray (alexmurray) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this issue - this would appear to have potential security implications, however as it is already public I see no reason to keep this private - if a CVE were to be assigned then this could be fixed via a security update by the security team, otherwise this would be fixed via the normal SRU process[1]. As such, please feel free to file a CVE request with MITRE[2] and if one is assigned, please update this bug report with the CVE ID and we can fix it via the security team.


information type: Private Security → Public Security
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

The commit seems reasonable for a SRU. Could you maybe add an example/testcase to the bug that could be used for the SRU process? (we need to be able to verify the problem and the solution)

Alejandro Claro (aclaro) wrote :

HI Sebastien,

Sure. Here is a zip file that it's very easy to use to reproduce the defect. The defect s not in the bsdtar, it's in libarchive. However, since bsdtar depends on libarchive, this can be used to demonstrate the problem as someone reports in the GitHub issue report:

If you try to extract the content with bsdtar:

# bsdtar -vxf

You will see and error, and if you look to the result in the filesystem, that 'ABCD_1234' and 'empty' are created as files instead of directories. If you try the same operation using unzip in other directory (or after cleaning the previous operation):

# unzip

You will see the right result (ABCD_1234 and empty directories).

Thanks for take care of this,

Alejandro Claro (aclaro) wrote :

One important note here,

The defect is only present in version 3.2.2 (Bionic official version now). Previous and next version do work properly.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, marking the bug as fixed since the issue is resolved in the current version.

We are doing a SRU backport to Bionic as well (the corresponding line will be added to the report)

Changed in libarchive (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Fix Released
description: updated

An upload of libarchive to bionic-proposed has been rejected from the upload queue for the following reason: "reuploading with sru-appropriate version numbering".

Hello Alejandro, or anyone else affected,

Accepted libarchive into bionic-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation on how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested and change the tag from verification-needed-bionic to verification-done-bionic. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed-bionic. In either case, without details of your testing we will not be able to proceed.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance for helping!

N.B. The updated package will be released to -updates after the bug(s) fixed by this package have been verified and the package has been in -proposed for a minimum of 7 days.

Changed in libarchive (Ubuntu Bionic):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed verification-needed-bionic
Alejandro Claro (aclaro) wrote :

Thank you Brian,

We are going to be testing it during this week. I will let you know the results.

Alejandro Claro (aclaro) wrote :

Good morning Murray,

we performed some test and everything looks fine.

Thank you very much.

tags: added: verification-done verification-done-bionic
removed: verification-needed verification-needed-bionic
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