Questions about computer safety concerns when running TeX programs or viewing TeX-created documents. For questions about managing digital rights (e.g. password-protected documents) use the {drm} tag.

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Safe installation of Texmaker Ubuntu 12.04

Is it safe to install Texmaker from Ubuntu Software Center? It is outdated and a newer version is available from the Texmaker projekt website, but I really do not want to install software from ...
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AVG: Biber listed as a trojan in TexLive 2014?

A few days ago I installed TexLive 2014 on Windows. I just compiled a document today to test it and Biber is recognized as a Trojan Horse by AVG Free. The message says: BackDoor.Generic18.ALDX. From ...
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How secure is sharelatex?

Background: One of my co-authors faced problem of compiling the paper that I had built using TexStudio and MikteX 2.9 on his Mac Machine running TexLive. ShareLaTeX Role: So, one solution is to use ...
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Serial key in pdf document [closed]

I don't know if it is a question to be asked here, but there is: I'm writting a ebook and I'm gonna to sell it soon. I'd sell it at Google Play Store, but here in Brazil they don't accept PayPal as ...
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Using LaTeX, can we prevent others from editing pdf file properties? [duplicate]

After opening a .pdf file with Adobe Acrobat, go through menu File->Properties->Description tab, we can see the fields such as Author, Subject, Title, Keywords etc. If the .pdf file is created with ...
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CTAN Mirror Integrity - Miktex Update

Does the Miktex Updater ensure that the downloaded packages from a CTAN mirror are not corrupted in comparison to the original version? When looking up the update log there are messages about a ...
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How to mark and secure a PDF document for distribution? [duplicate]

This might not be a 100% LaTeX question since it is a matter of PDFs, but I think that the LaTeX crowd is the most appropriate audience for it. I have an unpublished research paper that I am writing ...
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Protect scanned signature in a PDF [closed]

I would like to include a scanned signature in my PDF and send it via email. Call me a tin-foil hat but I know how easy it is to open a PDF using, say, inkscape and extract the signature graphics from ...
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Full version of TeX Live: malware checked?

I am wondering if texlive-full is bearing any security issues? Why everybody does trust it? Are they checked by anybody? Thanks for helping and educating me on this point :)
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XeLaTeX inside chroot jail

I'm using xetex 3.1415926-2.2-0.9995.2 (TeX Live 2009/Debian). I'm trying to run xelatex inside chroot jail. I've copied following binaries and directories: pdftex bibtex xdvipdfmx xelatex ...
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Is Arara safe/secure

I have just begun playing around with arara and I am curious if there are safety/security concerns. For example, pdflatex from TeX Live has shell escape disabled by default. If the TeX Live team think ...
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How do CTAN maintainers make sure all the uploaded packages and classess in CTAN are free of malicious code?

There are a large number of packages (plus some classes) uploaded and updated in CTAN (other mirrors as well). How do the CTAN maintainers make sure the uploaded stuff is free of malicious code? Do ...
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Is luatex as secure as pdftex?

My texmf.cnf file contains these lines: % Allow TeX \openin, \openout, or \input on filenames starting with `.' % (e.g., .rhosts) or outside the current tree (e.g., /etc/passwd)? % a (any) : ...
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Equivalent to TeXLive's --restricted-shell-escape for MiKTeX?

I often work on Windows, so need to use MiKTeX. I recently found the minted package, which needs to call the external command pygmentize. I currently call xelatex with the -shell-escape option to ...
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Escaping special LaTeX characters in user-defined input text

Background Users can provide text, which is transformed using XSL into a LaTeX document. The XSL template that transforms the XML document (containing user-defined text) currently resembles: ...
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Is it possible to prevent users from seeing the package codes while they still can make use of its publicly exposed macros?

Assume that I have a confidential package that nobody is allowed to see the source code. The users are only allowed to use the public macros. This question is closely related to my other question. ...
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Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?

Is it necessary to disable virus scanner during TeX Live installation, and if so, why?
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Disable including of system files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I safely compile other people's LaTeX documents? I've got a Linux server that is rendering LaTeX documents, I want to disable the access of LaTeX to system ...
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How do I create a PDF file that can be digitally signed?

We are using Acrobat digital signatures in my organization. With Acrobat Professional you can put in a signature block that allows signing with a client-side digital signature. This is something ...
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Digital signature

I have recently been asked to add a digital signature to a report (which I wrote using pdflatex). Is there such a mechanism in the TeX/LaTeX world or am I better of using external software to verify ...
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How can I safely compile other people's LaTeX documents?

I am a programmer and as part of a website I need to be able to take LaTeX source files and compile them, then return the pdf to the user. This seems dangerous since a malicious user could e.g. read ...
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What analysis of Texlive's restricted permissions model exists?

TH. writes, in How should one use \write18 with BibTeX: Background Now that TeX Live 2010 has a restricted \write18, I figured it'd be reasonable to update my cv which uses the bibunits package ...