Don't take LaTeX files from strangers

By Stephen Checkoway, Hovav Shacham, and Eric Rescorla.

In ;login: The USENIX Magazine, pages 17–22. USENIX, August, 2010.


TeX, LaTeX, and BibTeX files are a common method of collaboration for computer science professionals. It is widely assumed by users that LaTeX files are safe; that is, that no significant harm can come of running LaTeX on an arbitrary computer. Unfortunately, this is not the case: In this article we describe how to exploit LaTeX to build a virus that spreads between documents on the MikTeX distribution on Windows XP as well as how to use malicious documents to steal data from web-based LaTeX previewer services.



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