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Hm. Have you tried changing permissions as root? What does 'ls -l abc.tar.gz' show? And what does 'file abc.tar.gz' say. Want to make sure it's actually a tarball, first, though it probably is or tar would have complained about that as well. I'm not sure what it means but I'm guessing someone set the permissions on the tarball weird and the system thinks you, as user, don't have permissions for the file. Does the site where you downloaded it from have any information about it?
I know it has been a long time, but this thread appears at the top of the Google search so this may help someone.
When extracting with tar, the default for the root user is that tar attempts to retain the owner:group of the files originally stored in the tar.
When transferring tar files across systems, this may cause problem if the same user does not exist in the target machine.
Using the option --no-same-owner will force tar to extract the files and assign them root as owner.
The error does not appear when extracting with a normal user because in that case the default option is --no-same-owner.