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The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.
A memory allocation problem in file was found by Jeff Johnson, and a
stack overflow corruption problem was found by David Endler. These
problems have been corrected in file version 3.41 and likely affect
all previous version. These problems pose a security threat as they
can be used to execute arbitrary code by an attacker under the
privileges of another user. Note that the attacker must first somehow
convince the target user to execute file against a specially crafted
file that triggers the buffer overflow in file.
The 8.2 and 9.0 packages installed data in a different directory than
where they should have been installed, which broke compatability with
a small number of programs. These updated packages place those files
back in the appropriate location.
See also :
Update the affected file package.
Risk factor :
Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.6