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Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 14:34:07 +0100
From: Nico Golde <>
Subject: Re: CVE id request: htop

* Steven M. Christey <> [2008-11-14 19:40]:
> Sorry Jan and Nico, I didn't follow up with you on this.  There were some
> questions about whether this deserved a CVE, since THOUSANDS of programs
> dump output without considering whether they're writing to a terminal...
> or what they're writing to a terminal.

Yes true.

> For example, should the "cat" program become more terminal-aware and avoid
> sending dangerous sequences?  Which of dozens of different terminal types
> should it avoid sending these sequences to?  Should it get a new CVE every
> time it forgets about some other terminal?
> Not to mention "more" and "ls" and "grep" and many others.
> We were forced to flag Apache a number of years ago because it didn't
> filter certain dangerous characters from its logs.  I always felt a bit
> funny about that one.

This is really a cornercase for me too, we decided to treat 
this as a vulnerability but with "unimportant" impact.
Thanks for the id anyway.

ps. Jan, I am not aware of any poc here
Nico Golde - - - GPG: 0x73647CFF
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