I cannot reproduce this issue with rsyslog as shipped in Ubuntu 14.04
(7.4.4-1ubuntu2.6) or Ubuntu 16.04 (8.16.0-1ubuntu3). rsyslogd seems to
be handling the control characters correctly.

$ tail -f /var/log/syslog
...
Dec  1 17:40:16 sec-xenial-amd64 tyhicks: HELLO #033[2AAAAAAAAAAAAAA#033[2B

Marking this bug as invalid as it isn't reproducible with Ubuntu's
rsyslog package and, judging from the version (7.4.8), you seem to be
running an rsyslogd from a third party or one that you built yourself.

** Changed in: rsyslog (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Invalid

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Title:
  rsyslogd terminal escape sequences injection

Status in rsyslog package in Ubuntu:
  Invalid

Bug description:
  Hi,

  It seems to me that it is possible to inject terminal escape sequences into 
log files via 
  syslog(3)

  # tail -f /var/log/messages

  Aug 23 13:50:33 ghetto kernel: ACPI Error: Method parse/execution failed 
[\_GPE._L10] 
  (Node ffff88017b0e47d0), AE_NOT_FOUND (20141107/psparse-536)
  (*) Aug 23 13:50:33 ghetto kernel: ACPI Exception: AE_NOT_FOUND, while 
evaluating GPE 
  method [_L10] (20141107/evgpe-581)

  $ logger `printf 'HELLO\n\033[2AAAAAAAAAAAAAA\033[2B'`

  # tail -f /var/log/messages

  Aug 23 13:50:33 ghetto kernel: ACPI Error: Method parse/execution failed 
[\_GPE._L10] 
  (Node ffff88017b0e47d0), AE_NOT_FOUND (20141107/psparse-536)
  (*) Aug 23 13:50:33 ghetto kernel: ACPI AAAAAAAAAAAAA_NOT_FOUND, while 
evaluating GPE 
  method [_L10] (20141107/evgpe-581)
  Aug 23 13:50:39 ghetto saken: HELLO

  
  On the (*) line, the escape sequence changed its contents, meaning that an 
unprivileged 
  user can take advantage of this to hide their presence on the system by 
changing 
  legitimate logs, modify a window's title, change background and foreground 
color, etc.

  
  While researching this, I found that rsyslogd has 
"$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive" 
  which claims that is on by default and that "The intent is to provide a way 
to stop 
  non-printable messages from entering the syslog system as whole."

  On my system, this does not seem to be true, and actually went ahead and 
added 
  "$EscapeControlCharactersOnReceive on" to the /etc/rsyslog.conf file, 
restarted rsyslog 
  and the problem still persists.

  I am using rsyslogd 7.4.8

  Thanks,
  Federico Bento.

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