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The mysterious case of broken SSH client (“connection reset by peer”)

Update: from the info I've gathered, this is most probably a problem with some Cisco IDS/DPI is running on the ethernet equipment. Workaround is available in the content below, I still don't know what's the real solution here (Cisco equipment config? update Cisco firmware?)


Starting with 5.7p1, ssh client on specific environments fails connecting to specific (usually old versioned) servers. I reproduced it on a particular network, while trying to connect using new ssh client (5.8p1, Ubuntu 11.04) to an old server (default SSH server on RedHat 5.4).


This issue is around for quite a while, but is very tricky to reproduce or understand. What bothered me most is that many people reported it to different forums, each posting only a few (different) pieces of the puzzle. So my motivation here is to try and summarize the relevant info from multiple places. I'll do my best to update this post when I hear something new.

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WordPress 2.5.1-6 is broken on Debian sid

Update: 2.5.1-7 fixes the issue.

I always say "Debian unstable" should be renamed to "Debian stable" (and Debian stable -> deprecated), because it hardly ever gets broken.

Well, this time of the year has come. WordPress got a security update backported from 2.6.1->2.5.1, but.. only half-baked 🙂 (some functions are missing)

The bad version is easily recognizable by this PHP error:

A debian bug has already been opened.

VMware modifier keys bug status

This annoying vmware-deletes-the-modifier-keys bug I wrote about is still a mystery, but still I gained some more info. There are two problems:

1. VMware deletes modifier keys:

  • Can be replicated by holding a modifier key down inside a guest OS (VMware console). Then moving the mouse out of the guest OS window, while modifier is still down.
  • Happens on modern Ubuntu/Debian/Arch Linux versions.
  • Very likely, but not 100% confirmed: happens since Xorg 7.3.
  • Doesn't happen on CentOS / RedHat EL 5. (Apparently because they use Xorg 7.1.1?)
  • Links: Ubuntu launchpad, VMware forums.

Still, is it an Xorg bug or VMware one? (or GTK)

2. GTK apps crash on a keypress, when X modifiers-list is empty.

  • If 'xmodmap' is emptied (either by the VMware bug described above, or by manually removing all the modifiers), each new-running GTK app would just crash as the first key is pressed.
  • This doesn't happen to KDE or plain-X11 apps.
  • Segmentation fault is received in the _gdk_keymap_key_is_modifier() function in gdkkeys-x11.c:1662.
  • I tried digging the code, but no luck yet (all I could do is skip the function if no modifiers are set, but I don't know GDK enough to know the other effects it can have).
  • Links: Gnome bugzilla.

I'll keep updating in case there'll be something interesting.

Update: gtk bug got fixed.