“Pwning coworkers thanks to having them run a program written in a Turing-complete language” just doesn’t have the same ring, eh?
having them run a program written in a Turing-complete language
I guess there could be a disconnect between a user’s expected security and the reality, but…
I think it’s reasonable to consider latex a “data format”.
I disagree. Data formats generally don’t contain branch conditionals, loops, and functions.
Or Word macros. For some reason Microsoft catches a lot of heat for allowing their document format to run external programs, but it’s just fine here?
Hm. Besides a VM making sense for such a picky setup as TeX, how come \write18 is activated by default on Ubuntu? Any TeX setup I’ve seen up until now has the default (off) for security reasons.