An updated slocate package that fixes a denial of service and various bugs
is now available.
This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.
Slocate is a security-enhanced version of locate. Like locate, slocate
searches through a central database (updated nightly) for files that match
a given pattern. Slocate allows you to quickly find files anywhere on your
A bug was found in the way slocate scans the local filesystem. A carefully
prepared directory structure could cause updatedb's file system scan to
fail silently, resulting in an incomplete slocate database. The Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CAN-2005-2499
to this issue.
Additionally this update addresses the following issues:
- Files with a size of 2 GB and larger were not entered into the slocate
- File system type exclusions were processed only when starting updatedb
and did not reflect file systems mounted while updatedb was running
(for example, automounted file systems).
- File system type exclusions were ignored for file systems that were
mounted to a path containing a symbolic link.
- Databases created by slocate were owned by the slocate group even if they
were created by regular users.
Users of slocate are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
contains backported patches and is not affected by these issues.