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RHSA-2004:040: Updated slocate packages fix vulnerability

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RHSA-2004:040: Updated slocate packages fix vulnerability

Severity
5
CVSS
(AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Published
11/17/2003
Created
07/25/2018
Added
10/28/2005
Modified
07/04/2017

Description

Updated slocate packages are now available that fix a heap overflow vulnerability.

Slocate is a security-enhanced version of locate, designed to find files on a system via a central database. Patrik Hornik discovered a vulnerability in Slocate versions up to and including 2.7 where a carefully crafted database could overflow a heap-based buffer. A local user could exploit this vulnerability to gain "slocate" group privileges and then read the entire slocate database. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2003-0848 to this issue. Users of Slocate should upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain a patch from Kevin Lindsay that causes slocate to drop privileges before reading a user-supplied database.

Solution(s)

  • redhat-upgrade-slocate

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