USN-425-1: slocate vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-425-1

21st February, 2007

slocate vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS


A flaw was discovered in the permission checking code of slocate. When
reporting matching files, locate would not correctly respect the parent
directory's "read" bits. This could result in filenames being displayed
when the file owner had expected them to remain hidden from other system

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package version:

Ubuntu 6.10:
slocate 3.1-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
slocate 3.0.beta.r3-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.