Debian Security Advisory

DLA-847-1 texlive-base -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
08 Mar 2017
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2016-10243.
More information:

The TeX system allows for calling external programs from within the TeX source code. This has been restricted to a small set of programs since a long time ago.

Unfortunately it turned out that one program in the list, mpost, allows in turn to specify other programs to be run, which allows arbitrary code execution when compiling a TeX document.

For Debian 7 Wheezy, these problems have been fixed in version 2012.20120611-5+deb7u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your texlive-base packages.

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