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|Original author(s)||Miquel van Smoorenburg|
2.7.1 / April 18, 2017
|Operating system||Linux, POSIX|
Minicom is a text-based modem control and terminal emulation program for Unix-like operating systems, originally written by Miquel van Smoorenburg, and modeled after the popular MS-DOS program Telix. Minicom includes a dialing directory, ANSI and VT100 emulation, an (external) scripting language, and other features. Minicom is a menu-driven communications program. It also has an auto ZMODEM download.
A common use for Minicom is when setting up a remote serial console, perhaps as a last resort to access a computer if the LAN is down. This can be done using nothing more than an old 386 laptop with a Minicom floppy distribution such as Pitux or Serial Terminal Linux.
On 18 April 2017, it was announced that some versions of Minicom had an arbitrary code execution vulnerability, assigned CVE-2017-7467 by the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project. The issue was fixed with release 2.7.1, released the same day as the announcement.
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