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.
The fix for CVE-2007-1536 introduced a new integer underflow flaw 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
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.