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The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
Updated slocate packages are now available that fix vulnerabilities
allowing a local user to gain 'slocate' group privileges.
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 privileges 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 privileges before reading a
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 privileges. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
(cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2003-0056 to this issue.
See also :
Update the affected slocate package.
Risk factor :
High / CVSS Base Score : 7.2
Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks
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CVE ID: CVE-2003-0056CVE-2003-0848
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