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RHSA-2004-041: slocate Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the slocate packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

Updated slocate packages are now available that fix vulnerabilities
allowing a local user to gain "slocate" group rights.

Slocate is a security-enhanced version of locate, designed to find files on
a system via a central database.

Patrik Hornik discovered a vulnerability in Slocate versions up to and
including 2.7 where a carefully crafted database could overflow a
heap-based buffer. A local user could exploit this vulnerability to gain
"slocate" group rights and then read the entire slocate database. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned
the name CVE-2003-0848 to this issue.

Users of Slocate should upgrade to these erratum packages, which contain
Slocate version 2.7 with the addition of a patch from Kevin Lindsay that
causes slocate to drop rights before reading a user-supplied database.

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 these packages also fix a buffer overflow
that affected unpatched versions of Slocate prior to 2.7. This
vulnerability could also allow a local user to gain "slocate" group
rights. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
( has assigned the name CVE-2003-0056 to this issue.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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