Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : texlive-base vulnerability (USN-3401-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 102697


The remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.


It was discovered that TeX Live incorrectly handled certain system commands. If a user were tricked into processing a specially crafted TeX file, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected texlive-base and / or texlive-latex-base packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 102697

File Name: ubuntu_USN-3401-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 3.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2017/08/23

Modified: 2018/01/30

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND


Base Score: 9.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:texlive-base, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:texlive-latex-base, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:16.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2017/08/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-10243

OSVDB: 152962

USN: 3401-1