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New slocate packages fix buffer overflow

A vulnerability was discovered in slocate, a program to index and search for files, whereby a specially crafted database could overflow a heap-based buffer. This vulnerability could be exploited by a local attacker to gain the privileges of the "slocate" group, which can access the global database containing a list of pathnames of all files on the system, including those which should only be visible to privileged users.

  • Vendor: Debian
  • Vendor ID: DSA 428-1
  • Date: January 20, 2004


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Debian Security Advisory DSA 428-1 [email protected]
http://www.debian.org/security/ Matt Zimmerman
January 20th, 2004 http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : slocate
Vulnerability : buffer overflow
Problem-Type : local
Debian-specific: no
CVE Ids : CAN-2003-0848

A vulnerability was discovered in slocate, a program to index and
search for files, whereby a specially crafted database could overflow
a heap-based buffer. This vulnerability could be exploited by a local
attacker to gain the privileges of the "slocate" group, which can
access the global database containing a list of pathnames of all files
on the system, including those which should only be visible to
privileged users.

This problem, and a category of potential similar problems, have been
fixed by modifying slocate to drop privileges before reading a
user-supplied database.

For the current stable distribution (woody) this problem has been
fixed in version 2.6-1.3.2.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon.
Refer to Debian bug #226103 for status information.

We recommend that you update your slocate package.

Upgrade Instructions
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wget url
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
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Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 550 c7f271bba7c5a72afb00d43c23a04b79
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 7956 4e7a025fe5ec8239ae851dc68a533332
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 69213 08b1902323d686130a6daaca1fac61fc

Alpha architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 28252 48d6e572d33b4c323287ef1ff5e518a9

ARM architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 25738 6fa6e7d8e667fb177e957bcdd55180a6

Intel IA-32 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 25236 f933cdc3212314e1ac466c9c7a475783

Intel IA-64 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 31678 ec2b14f300b9d3f8ef181fcf098f2321

HP Precision architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 27342 e381228bd7f449cef8f83e9650780f40

Motorola 680x0 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 24766 9c97e390e83c686c55a62ed6e4de9b89

Big endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 26036 aeeb915edaed844e6660c3e8357d1500

Little endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.1_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 25592 fabe9486658781a7584a583e07370442

PowerPC architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 26132 cfc21b52bf0b7cb709d8d885747eedee

IBM S/390 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 26196 1cf03d61937b7fc9763939fe1ee799a4

Sun Sparc architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/slocate/slocate_2.6-1.3.2_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 28456 ad26841de8d50097e83d2f8111b965f5

These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
its next revision.

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: [email protected]
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and http://packages.debian.org/
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