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Bug 247 - telnetd segfaults with a given .telnetrc file
Summary: telnetd segfaults with a given .telnetrc file
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: telnet
Version: 5.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Florian La Roche
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1998-12-01 12:06 UTC by lionel.cons
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-04-06 23:46:19 UTC

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Description lionel.cons 1998-12-01 12:06:26 UTC
On a machine with Red Hat Linux 5.1 for i386 and all
the updated RPMs, I see the following:

[mybox] ~ > cat .telnetrc
default environ undefine USER
default set flushoutput off
[mybox] ~ > telnet mybox
flushoutput character is 'off'.
Connected to mybox.
Escape character is '^]'.
Segmentation fault

/var/log/messages contains:
Dec  1 12:52:59 mybox telnetd[678]: ttloop:  read: Broken

It works fine when removing the ~/.telnetrc file.
It works also fine on other UNIXes including (but I'm not
100% sure) Red Hat Linux 4.1.

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1998-12-01 16:28:59 UTC
This has been verified to be a bug. It occurs on systems later than
5.0. It only occurs if the first line is present. I comment it out and
the problem did not occur.

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-04-06 23:46:59 UTC
The segfault is actually in telnet, not telnetd.

Fixed (by scrapping the netkit telnet in favor of an OpenBSD client)
in telnet-0.10-24.

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