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A conventional approach for passive source localization is to utilize signal strength measurements of the emitted source received at an array of spatially separated sensors. The received signal strength (RSS) information can be converted to distance estimates for constructing a set of circular equations, from which the target position is determined. Nevertheless, a major challenge in this approach lies in the shadow fading effect which corresponds to multiplicative measurement errors. By utilizing the mean and variance of the squared distance estimates, we devise two linear least squares (LLS) estimators for RSS-based positioning in this paper. The first one is a best linear unbiased estimator while the second is its improved version by exploiting the known relation between the parameter estimates. The variances of the position estimates are derived and confirmed by computer simulations. In particular, it is proved that the performance of the improved LLS estimator achieves Cramér-Rao lower bound at sufficiently small noise conditions.