Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : slocate (MDKSA-2004:004)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14104


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


A vulnerability was discovered by Patrik Hornik in slocate versions up to and including 2.7 where a carefully crafted database could overflow a heap-based buffer. This could be exploited by a local user to gain privileges of the 'slocate' group. The updated packages contain a patch from Kevin Lindsay that causes slocate to drop privileges before reading a user-supplied database.


Update the affected slocate package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14104

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2004-004.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.15 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:slocate, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/01/23

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0848

MDKSA: 2004:004