Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: slocate update
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From: Linux Mandrake Security Team firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements
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
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.
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