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RHSA-2003-314: postgresql Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the postgresql packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

Updated PostgreSQL packages that correct a buffer overflow in the to_ascii
routines are now available.

PostgreSQL is an advanced Object-Relational database management system

Two bugs that can lead to buffer overflows have been found in the
PostgreSQL abstract data type to ASCII conversion routines. A remote
attacker who is able to influence the data passed to the to_ascii functions
may be able to execute arbitrary code in the context of the PostgreSQL
server. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (
has assigned the name CVE-2003-0901 to these issues.

In addition, a bug that can lead to leaks has been found in the string to
timestamp abstract data type conversion routine. If the input string to
the to_timestamp() routine is shorter than what the template string is
expecting, the routine will run off the end of the input string, resulting
in a leak and unstable behaviour.

Users of PostgreSQL are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which
contain a backported patch that corrects these issues.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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