Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer (The Register)

The Register: Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer . “Booby-trapped archive files can exploit vulnerabilities in a swath of software to overwrite documents and data elsewhere on a computer’s file system – and potentially execute malicious code. Specifically, the flaws, dubbed ‘Zip Slip’ by its discoverers at security outfit Snyk, is a path traversal flaw that can potentially be exploited to perform arbitrary code execution attacks. It affects certain tools that handle .zip, .tar, .war, .cpio, and .7z formats.”