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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: slocate update

Dec 19, 2000, 00:22 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 16:40:37 -0700
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@linux-mandrake.com
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements security-announce@linux-mandrake.com
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:085 - slocate update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           slocate
Date:                   December 18th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:085

Affected versions:      6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2

Problem Description:

Michael Kaempf reported a security problem in slocate (a secure version of locate, a tool to quickly locate files on a filesystem) on bugtraq which was originally discovered by zorgon. He discovered that there was a bug in the database reading code which made it overwrite an internal structure with some input. He then showed this could be exploited to trick slocate into executing arbitrary code by pointing it to a carefully crafted database.

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of the downloaded package. You can do this with the command:
rpm --checksig package.rpm
You can get the GPG public key of the Linux-Mandrake Security Team at
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG signature is performed automatically for you.

Linux-Mandrake 6.0:
e7cf97e995637ccb44b6380f077158a4 6.0/RPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.i586.rpm
b5136dee9c73e46ce9b5b322ec267315 6.0/SRPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
f936734de53de01f560bfb21ade21d46 6.1/RPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.i586.rpm
b5136dee9c73e46ce9b5b322ec267315 6.1/SRPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
12cdf2c5967b33c47ea502fde3cb6eb7 7.0/RPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.i586.rpm
b5136dee9c73e46ce9b5b322ec267315 7.0/SRPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
86876e037c35ec71d60822fd83909a82 7.1/RPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.i586.rpm
b5136dee9c73e46ce9b5b322ec267315 7.1/SRPMS/slocate-2.4-1.2mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
9aef7c832bab7ce7c54779df4093ea77 7.2/RPMS/slocate-2.4-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
a0ac029974980068cbe6ac3d6f4e71f9 7.2/SRPMS/slocate-2.4-1.1mdk.src.rpm

To upgrade automatically, use <<MandrakeUpdate>>.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one of our FTP server mirrors and uprade with "rpm -Uvh package_name".

You can download the updates directly from:

Or try one of the other mirrors listed at:


Updated packages are available in the "updates/[ver]/RPMS/" directory. For example, if you are looking for an updated RPM package for Linux-Mandrake 7.1, look for it in "updates/7.1/RPMS/". Updated source RPMs are available as well, but you generally do not need to download them.

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to update, so if you want an immediate upgrade, please use one of the two above-listed mirrors.

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