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USN-3401-1: TeX Live vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3401-1

22nd August, 2017

texlive-base vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Summary

TeX Live could be made to run programs as your login if it
opened a specially crafted file.

Software description

  • texlive-base
    – TeX Live: Essential programs and files

Details

It was discovered that TeX Live incorrectly handled certain
system commands. If a user were tricked into processing a
specially crafted TeX file, a remote attacker could execute
arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:
texlive-base

2015.20160320-1ubuntu0.1
texlive-latex-base

2015.20160320-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:
texlive-base

2013.20140215-1ubuntu0.1
texlive-latex-base

2013.20140215-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References

CVE-2016-10243

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