I am thinking of a scenario where unknown stream of data is printed to a terminal, isn't it so that some sequences of characters may be interpreted as commands and corrupt the system state? Or the worst that can happen is that the terminal itself goes haywire as a result of switching state, code pages and what not?
Basically, I am wondering what are the potential consequences of dumping random or unknown sequence of octets to a terminal? Let's consider typical Linux terminals such as
xterm, 'gnome-terminal' and the terminal in Mac OS X 10.8.