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Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2018 10:11:47 +0200
From: Hanno Böck <>
Subject: beep infoleak


It's been found that beep - even after the fix for "holey beep" - can
be used to create an infoleak and to see which files exist with root

Also there are Integer Overflows:

Also Sebastian Krahmer pointed out the fix is incomplete:

All of that without an existing upstream.

I question whether beep should be saved. It would require someone
carefully reviewing the code and effectively become the new upstream.
And all that for a tool talking to the PC speaker, which doesn't exist
in most modern systems anyway. Instead distros should consider not
installing it as suid or just killing the package altogether.
I heard some distros (suse) replace beep with a simple "printf '\a'"
which seems also a safe solution. (although it obviously kills all
frequency/length/etc features of original "beep").

Hanno Böck

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