Please help: how to relocate installed files paths into an RPM database

devzero2000 pinto.elia at
Wed Aug 12 15:08:00 UTC 2009

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 3:09 PM, <Greg_Swift at> wrote:

> > I tried your suggestion and it works, however, since it implies
> > reinstalling all the packages from their RPM files, though in
> > database only, is no so different from reinstalling them completely.
> > If no standard solution is available, I was looking for a sort of
> > hack such as a query to manipulate the database directly. I guess
> > RPM development team should take this in consideration because it
> > allows a better portability of every RPM-based installation.
> Well, depending on any changes you've made and how big the install base is,
> it can be a lot smaller and quicker to perform.  I think some would argue
> that having an easy direct way of manipulating the database would defeat
> some of the purpose of the security the RPM database helps provide.
In ALL the security text i have read - FWIW i am also a CEH - the integrity
check offered by the command rpm -V it is considered having little, if any,
importance from a "security" point of view.. And not because it is or  not
so easy change an rpmdb but rather because the database - the rpmdb -  from
which the verification is done is put  on the same local machine. It would
be equivalent to have the aide db on the same machine on which aide do the
check: just for the paranoid  the same aide may have been changed for hiding
track o change. Hence the birth of products which carry out such checks in a
centralized manner, by placing also little confidence using program
staticaly linked for doing the security integrity check (for example

> Take for instance this scenario:
> A hacker gets on my box and does a relocate of an important package (like
> procps) to a directory outside of everyone's path, and then drop installs a
> custom rpm with a name like procps- that provides similar files, but with
> malicious content.  A rpm -qaV show the files all validating fine, and a
> rpm -q --whatprovides shows something that looks right... it isn't a pretty
> thought.
> Although... i'm not sure if procps is relocatable.  But i think the point
> still stands.
I can always do a --badreloc anyway.

> anyone else?
> -greg
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