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[DSA207] DSA-207-1 tetex-bin Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
The SuSE security team discovered a vulnerability in kpathsea library
(libkpathsea) which is used by xdvi and dvips. Both programs call the
system() function insecurely, which allows a remote attacker to
execute arbitrary commands via cleverly crafted DVI files.
If dvips is used in a print filter, this allows a local or remote
attacker with print permission execute arbitrary code as the printer
user (usually lp).
This problem has been fixed in version 1.0.7+20011202-7.1 for the
current stable distribution (woody), in version 1.0.6-7.3 for the old
stable distribution (potato) and in version 1.0.7+20021025-4 for the
unstable distribution (sid). xdvik-ja and dvipsk-ja are vulnerable as
well, but link to the kpathsea library dynamically and will
automatically be fixed after a new libkpathsea is installed.
We recommend that you upgrade your tetex-lib package immediately.
Solution : http://www.debian.org/security/2002/dsa-207
Threat Level: High
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