Debian tex-common up to 0.16 Default Configuration config

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Debian tex-common up to 0.16. This vulnerability affects some unknown processing of the component Default Configuration. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a config vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-16. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

The default configuration of the shell_escape_commands directive in conf/texmf.d/95NonPath.cnf in the tex-common package before 2.08.1 in Debian GNU/Linux squeeze, Ubuntu 10.10 and 10.04 LTS, and possibly other operating systems lists certain programs, which might allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted TeX document.

The weakness was shared 03/25/2011 (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2011-1400 since 03/10/2011. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1592.004.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 53295 (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 10.10 : tex-common vulnerability (USN-1103-1)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Ubuntu Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 0.17 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (66249), Tenable (53295), SecurityFocus (BID 46986†), Secunia (SA43816†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-30642†). The entries VDB-106184, VDB-114610, VDB-114628 and VDB-128030 are related to this item.






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Class: Config

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Nessus ID: 53295
Nessus Name: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 10.10 : tex-common vulnerability (USN-1103-1)
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OpenVAS ID: 69334
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 2198-1 (tex-common)
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Advisory: USN-1103-1
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CVE: CVE-2011-1400 (🔍)

X-Force: 66249
SecurityFocus: 46986 - Debian tex-common 'shell_escape_commands' Directive Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 43816 - Debian update for tex-common, Moderately Critical
Vulnerability Center: 30642 - Debian Tex-common Prior to 2.8.1 Remote Arbitrary Code Execution vulnerability, Medium
Vupen: ADV-2011-0731

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Created: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM
Updated: 10/21/2021 10:39 AM
Changes: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM (61), 03/19/2017 08:40 PM (15), 10/21/2021 10:32 AM (3), 10/21/2021 10:39 AM (1)
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