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Re: bin/54467: new tar overwrites symlinks to directories

The following reply was made to PR bin/54467; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
To: Christos Zoulas <>
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Subject: Re: bin/54467: new tar overwrites symlinks to directories
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:21:39 +0200

 On Sun, Aug 18, 2019 at 07:12:59PM +0300, Christos Zoulas wrote:
 > > 
 > > If you allow symlinks tricks, you can just allow absolute path names
 > > too. It really doesn't make any difference as attack vector.
 > I am not talking about an attack vector, I am just saying that the behavior
 > of extracting a tar archive having absolute symlinks in it, will change with -P...
 > I do understand the ramifications of allowing symlinks, I just want to replicate
 > the behavior of our current tar.
 The behavior is not so much about relative or absolute symlinks, but
 about symlinks used as of a longer path. The pax behavior is IMO a
 major security issue and I don't think "supporting" it alone makes any

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