ESB-2017.2107 - [Ubuntu] texlive-base: Execute arbitrary code/commands - Remote with user interaction 2017-08-23

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                               ESB-2017.2107
                          TeX Live vulnerability
                              23 August 2017

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:           texlive-base
Publisher:         Ubuntu
Operating System:  Ubuntu
Impact/Access:     Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2016-10243  

Reference:         ESB-2017.0611

Original Bulletin: 
   http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3401-1

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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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