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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   teTeX Vendors:   Esser, Thomas
teTeX Buffer Overflow in Processing Virtual Font Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1023951
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1023951
CVE Reference:   CVE-2010-0827   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 7 2010
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network


Description:   A vulnerability was reported in teTeX. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted virtual font file that, when processed by the target application (converting DVI files into PostScript), will trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user or application.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when processed by the target application, will execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

[Editor's note: teTeX is no longer maintained by the upstream vendor. Individual Linux distributions may have fixes available.]

Vendor URL:  www.tug.org/tetex/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
May 7 2010 (Red Hat Issues Fix) teTeX Buffer Overflow in Processing Virtual Font Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Red Hat has issued a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
May 7 2010 (Red Hat Issues Fix) teTeX Buffer Overflow in Processing Virtual Font Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Red Hat has issued a fix for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.



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