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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 (cve.mitre.org) 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
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2003-0056 to this issue.
Solution : http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2004-041.html
Threat Level: High
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