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TeX Live bibtex Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Release Date:  2009-04-14    Last Update:  2009-04-15    Views:  2,335

Secunia Advisory SA34445

Where:

From remote

Impact:

System access

Solution Status:

Unpatched

Software:

CVE Reference(s):

Description


A vulnerability has been reported in Tex Live bibtex, which can potentially be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error when processing certain BIB files. This can be exploited to cause a heap-based buffer overflow by e.g. tricking a user into processing a specially crafted BIB file using bibtex.

The vulnerability is reported in version 20080816. Other versions may also be affected.


Solution:
Do not process untrusted files.

Provided and/or discovered by:
Vincent Lefevre

Original Advisory:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=520920

Deep Links:
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