Bug 1011916 - private bug decision should be taken only after seeing private data
Summary: private bug decision should be taken only after seeing private data
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: abrt
Version: 22
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jakub Filak
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-09-25 11:48 UTC by Kamil Páral
Modified: 2016-12-01 00:48 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2016-07-19 10:26:20 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Kamil Páral 2013-09-25 11:48:11 UTC
Description of problem:
Today my gnome-shell crashed and when reporting the bug, I was asked whether I want to create a private bug report, because the report contains some private data. However, I was asked _before_ I was able to review the private data. Therefore there is only one possible answer to that question - Yes. If I have to decide in advance, I'll always create private bugs, of course. And that's very suboptimal for our project.

The question should be asked after the user was given a chance review the private data, not before.

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Comment 1 Richard Ryniker 2013-10-04 15:20:45 UTC
I ran into this issue when reporting an emacs crash... https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1015293

After I selected a private bug report (because I could not examine what data was
perceived as possibly sensitive), I reviewed the submitted data and found no reason to keep it private.

After the bug report was submitted, I tried, as the reporter, to change the status from private to public.  Bugzilla forbade this change.

It is important to be more circumspect when a reduction in security level is requested than when an initial classification of (possibly) private data is made.

This comment simply records there appears to be no way for a reporter to change the "private" classification he felt compelled to select when told there might be sensitive data in a bug report.  It is not possible to work around this problem with a post-report edit.

Comment 2 Eric Blake 2013-10-16 14:57:09 UTC
I also note that in some cases, even when potentially sensitive information is flagged, that ABRT will let you edit the report to redact that data BEFORE actually posting anything upstream.  But the screen that warns about "potentially sensitive information detected" makes no mention of the fact that "you will be given an opportunity to scrub the data before submitting it externally".  Adding that bit of reassurance would make me more prone to not be private-by-default.

Comment 3 Kamil Páral 2013-10-29 20:15:46 UTC
Also, please never use YES-NO buttons in a question dialog. It's so easy to confuse them. Please call them "make it private" and "leave it public" or something similar. Focus the public one by default.

Comment 4 Jiri Moskovcak 2014-01-20 13:56:23 UTC
I'm no longer working on ABRT, reassign to the new manager, so it won't get lost.

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Comment 7 Jakub Filak 2016-07-19 10:39:56 UTC
I believe this bug is fixed in current release.

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