Bug 3527 - nxterm core dumping when catting a binary file
nxterm core dumping when catting a binary file
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-06-17 10:00 EDT by mike
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-07-15 15:24:09 EDT
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Description mike 1999-06-17 10:00:06 EDT
Whilst running bash in a nxterm, upon catting a .db file
produced by suck, nxterm core dumps (apparently in strcpy,
but the distributed version has no debugging symbols)

I'm unsure as to whether all .db files produced by suck do
this, or just this one, so i've made the file available on
the ftp site I run, if you wish to test this with a
debugging version.

It's accessible at ftp://ftp.mirai.net/pub/temp/suck.db
Comment 1 Preston Brown 1999-07-15 15:24:59 EDT
actually, this is a problem with xterm in general, not nxterm - nxterm
no longer exists as of Red Hat 6.0, it is simply a symlink to xterm.
I am fairly confident that this bug will be fixed in XFree86 4.0, as a
lot of work has recently gone into xterm.  However, for now, "don't do
that." :) I think you just found a random collection of binary data
that exercises this bug, and I doubt it is all .db files. For
instance, cat'ing /usr/bin/ls in an xterm, which is a much larger
binary, doesn't cause a segfault.

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