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[DSA428] DSA-428-1 slocate Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
A vulnerability was discovered in slocate, a program to index and
search for files, whereby a specially crafted database could overflow
a heap-based buffer. This vulnerability could be exploited by a local
attacker to gain the rights of the "slocate" group, which can
access the global database containing a list of pathnames of all files
on the system, including those which should only be visible to
This problem, and a category of potential similar problems, have been
fixed by modifying slocate to drop rights before reading a
For the current stable distribution (woody) this problem has been
fixed in version 2.6-1.3.2.
For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon.
Refer to Debian bug #226103
for status information.
We recommend that you update your slocate package.
Solution : http://www.debian.org/security/2004/dsa-428
Threat Level: High
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