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From: Adam Borowski <kilobyte@angband.pl>
To: Greg KH <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	Matthias Klose <doko@debian.org>,
	845177@bugs.debian.org
Cc: "Manuel Schölling" <manuel.schoelling@gmx.de>,
	jslaby@suse.com, lkml14@scotdoyle.com, rdunlap@infradead.org,
	shorne@gmail.com, andrey_utkin@fastmail.com,
	akpm@linux-foundation.org, paul.burton@imgtec.com,
	daniel.vetter@ffwll.ch, tj@kernel.org, hdegoede@redhat.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-fbdev@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v10 3/4] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:04:12 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20170119230412.ekq3uhdmdvdjqoed@angband.pl> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20170119163314.GD22777@kroah.com>

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 05:33:14PM +0100, Greg KH wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 05:12:15PM +0100, Manuel Schölling wrote:
> > On Thu, 2017-01-19 at 14:23 +0100, Greg KH wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 09:07:57PM +0100, Manuel Schölling wrote:
> > > > +	  This feature might break your tool of choice to flush
> > > > the scrollback
> > > > +	  buffer, e.g. clear(1) will work fine but Debian's
> > > > clear_console(1)
> > > > +	  will be broken, which might cause security issues.
> > > > +	  You can use the escape sequence \e[3J instead if this
> > > > feature is
> > > > +	  activated.
> > > 
> > > This issue is the one that makes me the most worried.  Why doesn't
> > > clear_console() work anymore?  Why doesn't it use \e[3J ?
> > 
> > Well, clear_console() just switches from one console to another and
> > back again. It just assumes that the scrollback buffer is flushed when
> > switching.
> > My plan is to make a patch for clear_console() as soon as these patches
> > are in the kernel - it's chicken-and-egg problem.
> 
> I'd recommend that patch get to clear_console() first, having it use the
> new escape sequence, if it isn't supported, shouldn't cause any
> problems, right?

In that case, we need to hurry -- the last day for any non-serious fixes in
Debian is Jan 26, after that it'll be frozen for months, and any subsequent
changes won't get to stable users for around two years.

doko: would you consider, pretty please with a cherry on top, applying the
patch I've sent to this bug?  The privacy/security issue is pretty minor and
applies only to a tiny fraction of users, but I understand why Greg is
reluctant.

Manuel's scrollback changes won't go to 4.9, and won't be enabled by default
for the time being, but using a newer kernel on old userspace is something
really widespread, be it via bpo, containers on an updated host, etc.


Meow!
-- 
Autotools hint: to do a zx-spectrum build on a pdp11 host, type:
  ./configure --host=zx-spectrum --build=pdp11

  reply	other threads:[~2017-01-19 23:44 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 49+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-12-04 10:53 [PATCH v7 0/3] " Manuel Schölling
2016-12-04 10:53 ` [PATCH v7 1/3] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2016-12-04 10:53 ` [PATCH v7 2/3] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2016-12-04 10:53 ` [PATCH v7 3/3] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2016-12-06 10:02 ` [PATCH v7 0/3] " Greg KH
2016-12-06 16:32   ` Manuel Schölling
2016-12-21 16:37 ` [PATCH RESEND " Manuel Schölling
2016-12-21 16:37   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 1/3] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2016-12-21 16:37   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 2/3] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2016-12-21 16:37   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 3/3] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2017-01-04 13:54   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 0/3] " Andrey Utkin
2017-01-05 11:33     ` [PATCH v8 " Manuel Schölling
2017-01-05 11:33     ` [PATCH v8 1/3] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-05 11:33     ` [PATCH v8 2/3] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-05 11:33     ` [PATCH v8 3/3] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
     [not found]       ` <CGME20170110162224epcas1p2095912fa6b73a1457fa86396149e78e9@epcas1p2.samsung.com>
2017-01-10 16:22         ` Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
     [not found]           ` <CGME20170110164435epcas1p314efb9c6ea3ffb971fce06f3bfaec736@epcas1p3.samsung.com>
2017-01-10 16:44             ` Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz
2017-01-10 17:31               ` Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 21:28               ` [PATCH v9 0/4] " Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 21:28               ` [PATCH v9 1/4] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 21:28               ` [PATCH v9 2/4] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 21:28               ` [PATCH v9 3/4] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 21:28               ` [PATCH v9 4/4] console: Make persistent scrollback a boot parameter Manuel Schölling
2017-01-10 22:58                 ` Adam Borowski
2017-01-11 21:41                   ` Manuel Schölling
2017-01-13 20:00                   ` Manuel Schölling
2017-01-14  7:26                     ` Greg KH
2017-01-11 13:32                 ` kbuild test robot
2017-01-13 20:07                   ` [PATCH v10 0/4] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2017-01-25 10:55                     ` Greg KH
2017-01-13 20:07                   ` [PATCH v10 1/4] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-13 20:07                   ` [PATCH v10 2/4] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-13 20:07                   ` [PATCH v10 3/4] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2017-01-19 13:23                     ` Greg KH
2017-01-19 16:12                       ` Manuel Schölling
2017-01-19 16:33                         ` Greg KH
2017-01-19 23:04                           ` Adam Borowski [this message]
2017-01-20 13:16                             ` Adam Borowski
2017-01-20 13:31                               ` Greg KH
2017-01-20 14:27                                 ` Adam Borowski
2017-01-19 17:20                         ` Adam Borowski
2017-01-13 20:07                   ` [PATCH v10 4/4] console: Make persistent scrollback a boot parameter Manuel Schölling
2017-02-02 20:07                 ` [PATCH v9 " Paul Gortmaker
2017-02-03 16:04                   ` Manuel Schölling
2017-02-03 16:45                     ` Adam Borowski
2017-01-02 14:27 ` [PATCH RESEND v7 0/3] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling
2017-01-02 14:27   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 1/3] console: Move scrollback data into its own struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-02 14:27   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 2/3] console: Add callback to flush scrollback buffer to consw struct Manuel Schölling
2017-01-02 14:27   ` [PATCH RESEND v7 3/3] console: Add persistent scrollback buffers for all VGA consoles Manuel Schölling

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