A zip bomb is a compressed ZIP archive file that halts or crashes the system which reads it. The decompression software, when uncompresses such an archive file, takes an enormous amount of disk space, processing time, or memory. This makes the executing system go out of resources and crash eventually. One such example of ZIP Bomb files is 42.zip compressed archive whose size is 42 kilobytes but expands to 4.
Compression Algorithms – A Brief Compendium
Today’s digital world connects everyone using handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets. This has also led to an increase in data sharing that further requires efficient disk storage management. Moreover, fast and effective data sharing over the internet requires the file sizes to be as small as possible. Compression file formats offer lossy and lossless compression algorithms to compress data. These help in reducing disk storage utilization and fast data transfer over the internet.