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ESB-2005.0654 -- RHSA-2005:747-02 -- Low: slocate security update

Date: 23 August 2005

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                     ESB-2005.0654 -- RHSA-2005:747-02
                       Low: slocate security update
                              23 August 2005

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:           slocate
Publisher:         Red Hat
Operating System:  Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 2.1
                   Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1
                   UNIX variants
Impact:            Denial of Service
Access:            Existing Account
CVE Names:         CAN-2005-2499

Original Bulletin: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-747.html

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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Low: slocate security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2005:747-02
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-747.html
Issue date:        2005-08-22
Updated on:        2005-08-22
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CVE Names:         CAN-2005-2499
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1. Summary:

An 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.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Advanced Server) version 2.1 - i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 - ia64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 2.1 - i386
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 2.1 - i386

3. Problem description:

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 CAN-2005-2499 to this issue.

Users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which includes a
backported patch to resolve this issue.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:

up2date

This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

165430 - CAN-2005-2499 slocate DOS


6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Advanced Server) version 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1AS/en/os/SRPMS/slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm
48bc2399648a71b9cdc6f7eee3457f5c  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm

i386:
422f42516805c04797c817a4e8c4d333  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.i386.rpm

ia64:
68f823b854a10eec8a180b05cca7a240  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.ia64.rpm

Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1AW/en/os/SRPMS/slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm
48bc2399648a71b9cdc6f7eee3457f5c  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm

ia64:
68f823b854a10eec8a180b05cca7a240  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.ia64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1ES/en/os/SRPMS/slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm
48bc2399648a71b9cdc6f7eee3457f5c  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm

i386:
422f42516805c04797c817a4e8c4d333  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1WS/en/os/SRPMS/slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm
48bc2399648a71b9cdc6f7eee3457f5c  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.src.rpm

i386:
422f42516805c04797c817a4e8c4d333  slocate-2.7-1.el2.1.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-2499

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>.  More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2005 Red Hat, Inc.

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