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SubjectRe: BUG: bsd pts now climbs continuously
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Followup to:  <1092086245.14770.2.camel@localhost.localdomain>
By author: Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> On Llu, 2004-08-09 at 21:30, jdh wrote:
> > While I'm sure the security issues are valid? I do question completely
> > changing the functionality. I doubt changing the pts/n numbers
> > helps those looking for backward compatibility at all.
>
> ssh breaks at 9999 which is fun too. It runs out of buffer space
> although because its been properly coded it doesn't overrun it just
> starts corrupting utmp
>

This I believe is a glibc bug, and really needs to be fixed.
Unfortunately glibc's handling of utmp is just incredibly broken.

-hpa

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