Archive_Tar through 1.4.10 has :// filename sanitization only to address phar attacks, and thus any other stream-wrapper attack (such as file:// to overwrite files) can still succeed.
Published 2020-11-19 19:15:12
Updated 2022-01-06 14:17:59
Source MITRE
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CVE-2020-28949 is in the CISA Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog

CISA vulnerability name:
PEAR Archive_Tar Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability
CISA required action:
Apply updates per vendor instructions.
CISA description:
PEAR Archive_Tar allows an unserialization attack because phar: is blocked but PHAR: is not blocked. PEAR stands for PHP Extension and Application Repository and it is an open-source framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components with known usage in third-party products such as Drupal
Added on 2022-08-25 Action due date 2022-09-15

Exploit prediction scoring system (EPSS) score for CVE-2020-28949

Probability of exploitation activity in the next 30 days: 96.48%

Percentile, the proportion of vulnerabilities that are scored at or less: ~ 100 % EPSS Score History EPSS FAQ

Metasploit modules for CVE-2020-28949

  • PEAR Archive_Tar 1.4.10 Arbitrary File Write
    Disclosure Date: 2020-11-17
    First seen: 2021-03-12
    This module takes advantages of Archive_Tar <= 1.4.10's lack of validation of file stream wrappers contained within filenames to write an arbitrary file containing user controlled content to an arbitrary file on disk. Note that the file will be written to disk with the

CVSS scores for CVE-2020-28949

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CWE ids for CVE-2020-28949

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Products affected by CVE-2020-28949

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