Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2183-1 libgsf -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
25 Apr 2020
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2016-9888.
More information:

It was discovered that there was a null pointer deference exploit in libgsf, a I/O abstraction library for GNOME.

An error within the "tar_directory_for_file()" function could be exploited to trigger a null pointer dereference and subsequently cause a crash via a crafted TAR file.

For Debian 8 Jessie, this problem has been fixed in version 1.14.30-2+deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your libgsf packages.

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