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14-Year-Old Security Hole Found in WinRAR

Andrew (he/him)
Got a Ph.D. looking for dark matter, but not finding any. Now I code full-time. Je parle un peu français.
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Details at arstechnica:

"The vulnerability was the result of an absolute path traversal flaw that resided in UNACEV2.DLL, a third-party code library that hasn’t been updated since 2005. The traversal made it possible for archive files to extract to a folder of the archive creator’s choosing, rather than the folder chosen by the person using the program. Because the third-party library doesn’t make use of exploit mitigations such as address space layout randomization, there was little preventing exploits."

Discussion (3)

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Olivier “Ölbaum” Scherler

And it wasn’t noticed earlier because it only affects people who bought WinRAR? ;-)

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Sébastien Vercammen

19-year old bug.

Researchers who found it, and how:

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Andrew (he/him) Author

Wow! That's a really detailed explanation!