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bug#30535: Output buffer overwritten when CR in file

From: Wayne Gemmell
Subject: bug#30535: Output buffer overwritten when CR in file
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:36:43 +0000


I have an issue with files that contain carriage returns. I have log files
that contain user input which sometime has carriage returns. The EOL
characters are fine so I can't throw mac2unix at the problem.

The issue is that when grep outputs the CR it follows the CR to the
beginning of the output buffer and overwrites the contents of the output

E.g. the file, test.log with the following contents.


The following command
$>/grep --color=never login test.log
Outputs as follows

This seems like a security concern as you may be able to mask activity in
logs just by inserting CR in place. It would be superficial but it would
fool basic grep based logfile processing.

I would expect the CR to be output verbatim so as not to confuse the reader
of the output.


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