RHEL 2.1 : slocate (RHSA-2005:747)
Low Nessus Plugin ID 19490
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.
DescriptionAn updated slocate package that fixes a denial of service issue is now available.
This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
Slocate is a security-enhanced version of locate. Like locate, slocate searches through a nightly-updated central database for files that match a given pattern.
A bug was found in the way slocate processes very long paths. A local user could create a carefully crafted directory structure that would prevent updatedb from completing its file system scan, resulting in an incomplete slocate database. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CVE-2005-2499 to this issue.
Users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which includes a backported patch to resolve this issue.
SolutionUpdate the affected slocate package.