Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2830-1 tar -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
28 Nov 2021
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 917377.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2018-20482.
More information:

An infinite loop when --sparse is used with file shrinkage during read access was fixed in the GNU tar archiving utility.

For Debian 9 stretch, this problem has been fixed in version 1.29b-1.1+deb9u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your tar packages.

For the detailed security status of tar please refer to its security tracker page at:

Further information about Debian LTS security advisories, how to apply these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be found at: