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USN-844-1: mimeTeX vulnerabilities

8 October 2009

mimeTeX vulnerabilities




Chris Evans discovered that mimeTeX incorrectly handled certain long tags.
An attacker could exploit this with a crafted mimeTeX expression and cause
a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2009-1382)

Chris Evans discovered that mimeTeX contained certain directives that may
be unsuitable for handling untrusted user input. This update fixed the
issue by disabling the \input and \counter tags. (CVE-2009-2459)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 9.04
Ubuntu 8.10
Ubuntu 8.04

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.