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PTeX: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200805-13 / ptex
Release Date May 12, 2008
Latest Revision May 12, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/ptex < 3.1.10_p20071203 >= 3.1.10_p20071203 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #196673


Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in PTeX, possibly allowing the execution of arbitrary code or overwriting arbitrary files.

2.  Impact Information


PTeX is a TeX distribution with Japanese support. It is used for creating and manipulating LaTeX documents.


Multiple issues were found in the teTeX 2 codebase that PTeX builds upon (GLSA 200709-17, GLSA 200711-26). PTeX also includes vulnerable code from the GD library (GLSA 200708-05), from Xpdf (GLSA 200709-12, GLSA 200711-22) and from T1Lib (GLSA 200710-12).


Remote attackers could possibly execute arbitrary code and local attackers could possibly overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running PTeX via multiple vectors, e.g. enticing users to open specially crafted files.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All PTeX users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/ptex-3.1.10_p20071203"

4.  References


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