Ubuntu 14.04 LTS / 16.04 LTS : texlive-base vulnerability (USN-3401-1)
High Nessus Plugin ID 102697
SynopsisThe remote Ubuntu host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionIt 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.
SolutionUpdate the affected texlive-base and / or texlive-latex-base packages.