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SubjectDon't cross the (tty) streams

Connect two machines with a serial cable. On the victim:

willy@rowlf:~$ cat </dev/ttyS1

Now, let's find out which ttyS on the other machine is connected ...

willy@teeth:~$ echo foo >/dev/ttyS1
-bash: echo: write error: Input/output error

Oops, that's not a serial port. No output on rowlf, as expected.
OK, carrying on ...

willy@teeth:~$ echo bar >/dev/ttyS0

And yet on rowlf, we now see:


Looks like there's an error path that doesn't throw away data on -EIO.

This bug exists on at least these two kernels (because I tested it in
both directions:
Linux rowlf 2.6.19-rc6-g70d6673f #1 SMP Thu Nov 16 20:49:15 EST 2006 ia64 GNU/Linux
Linux teeth 2.6.23-rc3-g68dba7a9-dirty #209 SMP PREEMPT Thu Sep 20 15:57:42 EDT 2007 i686 GNU/Linux

Neither kernel has any modifications to its serial code.

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operating system, but compare it to ours. We can't possibly take such
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