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dave at horsfall.org
Mon Mar 13 15:58:30 AEST 2017
On Sun, 12 Mar 2017, Paul Winalski wrote:
> Back in the day plain ASCII wasn't really secure, either. There were
> bugs in the firmware of the VT100 and other smartish terminals that
> would cause strange behavior if certain malformed control sequences were
> received. For example, causing the bell (actually a loud beep) to sound
> continuously until the terminal was power-cycled. There was one
> sequence that stored bad data into the user preferences area of the
> EPROM. That bricked the terminal by causing it to go into a reset/crash
> loop. DEC ended up modifying VMS Mail to filter out ASCII control
> characters by default when it displayed email messages. You could still
> display the unfiltered text, but you had to explicitly ask for that to
> be done.
Back when "packet radio" was popular in the Amateur ("ham") radio world,
we used to send each other ASCII bombs. Just program say F1 (the "help"
key under Messy-Dog) to do a "FORMAT /Y C:" and wait...
Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU) "Those who don't understand security will suffer."
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