slocate security update

ID CESA-2005:345
Type centos
Reporter CentOS Project
Modified 2005-09-28T21:08:13


CentOS Errata and Security Advisory CESA-2005:345

Slocate is a security-enhanced version of locate. Like locate, slocate searches through a central database (updated nightly) for files that match a given pattern. Slocate allows you to quickly find files anywhere on your system.

A bug was found in the way slocate scans the local filesystem. A carefully prepared directory structure could cause updatedb's file system scan to fail silently, resulting in an incomplete slocate database. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CAN-2005-2499 to this issue.

Additionally this update addresses the following issues:

  • Files with a size of 2 GB and larger were not entered into the slocate database.

  • File system type exclusions were processed only when starting updatedb and did not reflect file systems mounted while updatedb was running (for example, automounted file systems).

  • File system type exclusions were ignored for file systems that were mounted to a path containing a symbolic link.

  • Databases created by slocate were owned by the slocate group even if they were created by regular users.

Users of slocate are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which contains backported patches and is not affected by these issues.

Merged security bulletin from advisories:

Affected packages: slocate

Upstream details at: