[OS X TeX] tlmgr

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Sat Oct 18 22:49:58 CEST 2008

Am 17.10.2008 um 02:01 schrieb Dr. Clea F. Rees:

> The MacTeX wiki currently recommends running:
> 	sudo tlmgr update --all
> Question: is there some reason to prefer this to:
> 	sudo -H tlmgr update --all

There is one quite good reason: avoiding danger.

An attacker might leave in ~/bin a script or programme, it could have  
been downloaded by visiting some web page or viewing some graphics  
file or movie. Let's assume it has a name like kpsewhich or updmap.  
In a simple sudo situation ~/bin is in root's search PATH and ~/bin/ 
kpsewhich or ~/bin/updmap could be executed with elevated privileges.  
In a 'sudo -H' situation ~/bin becomes root's private bin directory,  
i.e., /var/root/bin – which usually does not exist at all. No danger.  



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