[tex-live] Status of restricted \write18 and epstopdf conversion

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 09:17:47 CET 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 3:54 AM, Will Robertson <wspr81 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 27/10/2009, at 6:21 PM, Norbert Preining wrote:
>> So I wouldn't overestimate the problem.
> Hear, hear.

Sure, all dangers of \write18 not only existed for years but many
people were aware of them. However the low grade morons who would like
to exploit these dangers were not among those who knew. But this
discussion of dangers may reach them (so ostrich policy is not as
stupid as some may think). Anyway a little diligence for alien TeX
sources (\write18 or playing with kitty-codes :-) to mask write18
would require a bit more caution) and we are safe!


> -- Will

Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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