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.