Telnet Server Problem
It looks like a recent Yum update (20 July 2016) broke the telnet-server on one of our VMs. Using an SSH connection to the same server works fine. I'm trying to track down where the problem is exactly, but don't really know what I'm doing, so any help would be appreciated.
When we log on to the server using the telnet protocol we get this sort of behaviour:
[uniworks@mort ~]$ [uniworks@mort ~]$ [uniworks@mort ~]$ [uniworks@mort ~]$ speed 9600 baud; rows 64; columns 80; line = 0; intr = ^C; quit = ^\; erase = ^?; kill = ^U; eof = ^D; eol = <undef>; eol2 = <undef>; swtch = <undef>; start = ^Q; stop = ^S; susp = ^Z; rprnt = ^R; werase = ^W; lnext = ^V; flush = ^O; min = 1; time = 0; -parenb -parodd cs8 -hupcl -cstopb cread -clocal -crtscts -cdtrdsr -ignbrk -brkint -ignpar -parmrk -inpck -istrip -inlcr -igncr icrnl ixon -ixoff -iuclc -ixany -imaxbel -iutf8 opost -olcuc -ocrnl onlcr -onocr -onlret -ofill -ofdel nl0 cr0 tab0 bs0 vt0 ff0 isig icanon iexten echo echoe echok -echonl -noflsh -xcase -tostop -echoprt echoctl echoke
As you can see, command are not being echoed to the screen (like having "stty -echo" on), and we get this "staircase" effect when hitting Enter.
Perhaps significantly, we get some problems as soon as we connect - even before logging in:
Trying 188.8.131.52... Connected to mort. Escape character is '^]'. Scientific Linux release 6.8 (Carbon) Kernel 2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64 on an x86_64 ogin: Password: ast login: Mon Jul 25 12:15:44 from sam ress the <Backspace> key now:
As you can see, the first character of "login:" is missing and the username I entered hasn't been displayed.
First of all, these symptoms only appear when we are using telnet. I have tried using an already connected session to another old RHEL 4.7 server, then from that session I telnetted to the server with the problem. I then exited and in the same session I then ssh'ed to the problem server using the same username, etc. I have then repeated the process a couple of times and the results are the same. So the telnet emulator, user, and other settings aren't the problem.
I checked the TERM and stty settings once logged in and they are almost the same. In the telnet session the speed is set to 9600 cf. 38400 when I use an ssh connnection, and "stty lnext" is set to "^V" cf. "" - neither of which appear to be significant. I've tried making them identical just in case, but that doesn't make any difference.
When I use the "up arrow" key + Enter to repeat the last command, the command is displayed, but with the first character missing. If I enter "man stty", the man page seems to be displayed fine.
I've also tried running vim on a text file and I'm getting some strange characters, so the problem looks like a terminal issue, but not sure why it works for ssh connections...
Scientific Linux 6x:
[root@mort ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release Scientific Linux release 6.8 (Carbon)
Some package versions:
[root@mort ~]# rpm -q glibc xinetd telnet-server ncurses ncurses-base ncurses-libs glibc-2.12-1.192.el6.x86_64 xinetd-2.3.14-40.el6.x86_64 telnet-server-0.17-48.el6.x86_64 ncurses-5.7-4.20090207.el6.x86_64 ncurses-base-5.7-4.20090207.el6.x86_64 ncurses-libs-5.7-4.20090207.el6.x86_64