tar is a full-featured Tar for Node.js.
Affected versions of this package are vulnerable to Arbitrary File Overwrite. This is due to insufficient symlink protection.
node-tar aims to guarantee that any file whose location would be modified by a symbolic link is not extracted. This is, in part, achieved by ensuring that extracted directories are not symlinks. Additionally, in order to prevent unnecessary
stat calls to determine whether a given path is a directory, paths are cached when directories are created.
This logic is insufficient when extracting tar files that contain both a directory and a symlink with the same name as the directory. This order of operations results in the directory being created and added to the
node-tar directory cache. When a directory is present in the directory cache, subsequent calls to
mkdir for that directory are skipped.
However, this is also where
node-tar checks for symlinks occur. By first creating a directory, and then replacing that directory with a symlink, it is possible to bypass
node-tar symlink checks on directories, essentially allowing an untrusted tar file to symlink into an arbitrary location and subsequently extracting arbitrary files into that location.
tar to version 3.2.3, 4.4.15, 5.0.7, 6.1.2 or higher.