OpenSSH hanging

Darren Tucker dtucker at
Fri Oct 7 13:35:47 EST 2011

On 7/10/11 9:58 AM, Henry Barber wrote:
>     I'm having some strange behaviour from OpenSSH
>     It presents itself when using the "ssh -t" / pseudo terminal.
>     We are using this feature to update the wtmp and it is working fine on
>     SuSE and RH, but our AIX hosts are getting hung. The first attempt is
>     usually successful, but eventually, the session is hung and the CRTL-Z
>     does not put the process into background.
>     The ssh -v output
>     OpenSSH_5.4p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8m 25 Feb 2010

This could happen with old versions of OpenSSH: they did not correctly 
handle the case where pty allocation failed.

This was fixed in 5.6.  From

  Kill channel when pty allocation requests fail. Fixed stuck client
    if the server refuses pty allocation (bz#1698)

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