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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
Updated file packages are available to close a buffer overflow
[Updated 12 March 2003] Added packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES
and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS
The file command is used to identify a particular file according to
the type of data contained by the file.
The file utility before version 3.41 contains a buffer overflow
vulnerability in the ELF parsing routines. This vulnerability may
allow an attacker to create a carefully crafted binary which can cause
arbitrary code to run if a victim runs the file command against that
On some distributions it may also be possible to trigger this file
command vulnerability by encouraging the victim to use the less
command on an exploited file name so that it will be processed by the
All users are advised to update to these erratum packages which
contain a backported patch to correct this vulnerability.
Red Hat would like to thank iDefense for disclosing this issue and
zen-parse for discussion of some of the implications.
See also :
Update the affected file package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6