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    Debian: 'slocate' vulnerability

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    Michel Kaempf reported a security problem in slocate on bugtraqwhich was originally discovered by zorgon.
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    Debian Security Advisory DSA-005-1                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                         Wichert Akkerman
    December 17, 2000
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    Package        : slocate
    Problem type   : local exploit
    Debian-specific: no
    Michel 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 there was
    a bug in the database reading code which made it overwrite a 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.
    This has been fixed in version 2.4-2potato1 and we recommend that you
    upgrade your slocate package immediately.
    wget url
            will fetch the file for you
    dpkg -i file.deb
            will install the referenced file.
    Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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      Potato was released for alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc.
      Source archives:
          MD5 checksum: 9d15a0e95b501427f697e9031d8e62e8
          MD5 checksum: 7effe675baba70e3b30ce41e9d231835
          MD5 checksum: 185520e64e7b194b6d448f034e2f1c7a
      Alpha architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 90888e9f21437c6a3e7c7addbd244fdc
      ARM architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 8904b89a14f7a91f6c205fa37ad67466
      Motorola 680x0 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 09bd79672ac452a5c10618a368a4b40a
      Intel ia32 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: ff79ebacf5cfa910608f3cdaff043255
      PowerPC architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 1f117700d339fa8acb8de938dab95cfa
      Sun Sparc architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 3059fe27465a9bc8738ea8e7a6f8f3e2
      These files will be moved into*/binary-$arch/ soon.
    For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate
    directory$arch/ .


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