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Category:Red Hat Local Security Checks
Title:RedHat Security Advisory RHSA-2004:041

The remote host is missing updates announced in
advisory RHSA-2004:041.

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 ( 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 user-supplied database.

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
( has assigned the name CVE-2003-0056 to this issue.

Please note that this update is available via
Red Hat Network. To use Red Hat Network, launch the Red
Hat Update Agent with the following command: up2date

Risk factor : High

CVSS Score:

Cross-Ref: Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2003-0848
Bugtraq: 20031006 SA-20031006 slocate vulnerability (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 20031011 SA-20031006 slocate buffer overflow - exploitation proof (Google Search)
Debian Security Information: DSA-428 (Google Search)
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2004:040
RedHat Security Advisories: RHSA-2004:041
SCO Security Bulletin: CSSA-2004-001.0
SGI Security Advisory: 20040201-01-U
SGI Security Advisory: 20040202-01-U
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2003-0056
Bugtraq: 20030124 [USG- SA- 2003.001] USG Security Advisory (slocate) (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 20030125 Re: [USG- SA- 2003.001] USG Security Advisory (slocate) (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 20030202 GLSA: slocate (Google Search)
Caldera Security Advisory: CSSA-2003-009.0
Conectiva Linux advisory: CLA-2003:643
Debian Security Information: DSA-252 (Google Search)
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