GLSA-200501-31 : teTeX, pTeX, CSTeX: Multiple vulnerabilities

critical Nessus Plugin ID 16422


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200501-31 (teTeX, pTeX, CSTeX: Multiple vulnerabilities)

teTeX, pTeX and CSTeX all make use of Xpdf code and may therefore be vulnerable to the various overflows that were discovered in Xpdf code (CAN-2004-0888, CAN-2004-0889, CAN-2004-1125 and CAN-2005-0064).
Furthermore, Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena discovered that the xdvizilla script does not handle temporary files correctly.
Impact :

An attacker could design a malicious input file which, when processed using one of the TeX distributions, could lead to the execution of arbitrary code. Furthermore, a local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When xdvizilla is called, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the script.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All teTeX users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-text/tetex-2.0.2-r5' All CSTeX users should also upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-text/cstetex-2.0.2-r1' Finally, all pTeX users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-text/ptex-3.1.4-r2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 16422

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200501-31.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: local

Published: 2/14/2005

Updated: 1/6/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.0


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:cstetex, p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:ptex, p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:tetex, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 1/23/2005

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/22/2004

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0888, CVE-2004-0889, CVE-2004-1125, CVE-2005-0064

CWE: 20

GLSA: 200501-31