An updated file package that fixes a security flaw is now available for Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
The file command is used to identify a particular file according to the
type of data contained by the file.
An integer underflow flaw was found in the file utility. An attacker could
create a carefully crafted file which, if examined by a victim using the
file utility, could lead to arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2007-1536)
This issue did not affect the version of the file utility distributed with
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 or 3.
Users should upgrade to this erratum package, which contain a backported
patch to correct this issue.