CVE-2024-2X31X

This challenge covers the review of a CVE in a Java codebase and its patch

PRO
Tier
Easy
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25

Course


In this lab, you are presented with a vulnerable Java file (`NarUnpacker.java`) and a patch (`cve-2024-2x31x.diff`). The goal is to review the code and identify potential security issues without looking at the patch first. This exercise helps in honing your code review skills by focusing on detecting vulnerabilities based on the code itself. Once you've made your assessment, you can refer to the patch to see what changes were made to fix the vulnerabilities. This dual approach of first attempting to find the issues independently and then validating them against the patch reinforces your understanding and ability to spot similar issues in the future.

The provided code and patch deal with unpacking NAR files, which involves handling file operations, directory creation, and checksum calculations. Key changes in the patch include replacing `JarFile` with `ZipFile` for unpacking and adding security checks to ensure that the paths of extracted files are within the intended directory. These modifications are critical in preventing directory traversal attacks, where an attacker could potentially extract files to arbitrary locations on the filesystem.

By working through this lab, you will gain practical experience in identifying and understanding common vulnerabilities in file handling operations. Additionally, you will learn how to apply and verify patches that mitigate these issues, enhancing your overall code review and security assessment skills.

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