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"Nelson H. F. Beebe" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 5 May 2006 09:51:58 -0600
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Early this morning, Heiko Oberdiek wrote on this list:

>> I detected a severe documentation bug of inputenc.dtx:
>> a closing curly brace is in the wrong line, leading to an error.

By a curious coincidence, this news story appeared about the
same time (dated yesterday, but posted today):,10801,111149,00.html

The relevant parts of the story are these:

>> ...
>> Linux GUI holed by missing bracket  
>> News Story by Matthew Broersma
>> MAY 04, 2006 (TECHWORLD.COM) - A bug-hunt funded by the
>> U.S. government has tracked down a serious security flaw in Linux's X
>> Window System, caused by a missing parenthesis.
>> ...
>> The bug was found in versions X11R6.9.0 and X11R7.0.0, the first major
>> X Window releases in a decade, issued in December 2005. It was because
>> of a missing parenthesis in the software that checks a user's ID,
>> according to Coverity. Despite the seeming triviality of the mistake,
>> it allowed local users to execute code with root privileges, the
>> company said. The bug was fixed within a week.
>> ...

Heh heh... :^)

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