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Subjectshell outputs anything typed when the kernel %
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Kernel: 2.6.21.5
OS: Slackware12.0


This is a long time annoying misconception i'm reporting here:

When a command is run from a shell and drives the kernel to use 100% of cpu
for a while, linux lets printing on screen anything that is typed.
This doesn't sound too much annoying at first sight, but actually this
confronts the users to a problem:
When logging in a shell, one will type his username, 'return' and then his
password...
But just after 'return' the kernel is launched into thinking for long enough
to the point that users who do everything fast including logging in a shell
let the shell display the first letters of their passwords.
This problem tends to be critical when the user makes a demonstration to a
bunch of people thanks to an overhead projector.

The time that the kernel takes for checking usernames is about one second on
my laptop which is equipped with an intel centrino 1,7GHz.


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