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A zlib security update has been released for Arch Linux.

ASA-202204-3: zlib: arbitrary code execution

Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-202204-3

Severity: High
Date : 2022-04-04
CVE-ID : CVE-2018-25032
Package : zlib
Type : arbitrary code execution
Remote : Yes
Link :


The package zlib before version 1:1.2.12-1 is vulnerable to arbitrary
code execution.


Upgrade to 1:1.2.12-1.

# pacman -Syu "zlib>=1:1.2.12-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 1.2.12.




An out-of-bounds access flaw was found in zlib before 1.2.12, which
allows memory corruption when deflating (ex: when compressing) if the
input has many distant matches. For some rare inputs with a large
number of distant matches (crafted payloads), the buffer into which the
compressed or deflated data is written can overwrite the distance
symbol table which it overlays. This issue results in corrupted output
due to invalid distances, which leads to out-of-bound access,
corrupting the memory and crashing the application or potentially
execute arbitrary code.


A remote attacker is able to use a specially crafted input to crash an
application that is using zlib or potentially execute arbitrary code on
the affected host.