"Terminal read: The handle is invalid" error message when you run the rsh command on a Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2-based computer

Symptoms

When you use the rsh command on a Microsoft Windows XP Professional-based computer that has Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed, and you include the -n option in the command to redirect the input of rsh to NULL, you receive the following error message:
Terminal read: The handle is invalid.

Cause

This problem occurs because rsh was changed in SP2 so that RSH.exe is not interrupted when a user presses a key. The keyboard input buffer is flushed as part of the rsh change in SP2. If you redirect the input of rsh to NULL with the -n option, an invalid handle error occurs when the input buffer is flushed.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

This hotfix requires Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
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21-Jan-2005 19:40 5.1.2600.2601 13,312 Rexec.exe
21-Jan-2005 19:40 5.1.2600.2601 14,848 Rsh.exe

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 892099 - Last Review: Feb 15, 2017 - Revision: 2

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