Bug 748457 - privacy violation (account name exposure) via abrt + telepathy + freedesktop
Summary: privacy violation (account name exposure) via abrt + telepathy + freedesktop
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: abrt
Version: 15
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jiri Moskovcak
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: CVE-2011-4088
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-10-24 14:06 UTC by Jan Iven
Modified: 2015-02-01 22:55 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

Fixed In Version: abrt-2.0.7-2.fc16
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2011-12-16 19:54:15 UTC
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Description Jan Iven 2011-10-24 14:06:52 UTC
Description of problem:

telepathy apparently crashes as lot around "butterfly.connection.ButterflyConnection" (silly name, right?). And it uses the account name as key for a "freedesktop" connector, of the form 
/org/freedesktop/Telepathy/Connection/butterfly/msn/donkishoot_40wanadoo_2efr at 

Of course, the real culprit (both for crashing, and for the account names) is telepathy. However, it is "abrt" which is then publishing them on the web - and whereas the users are invited to edit the backtrace.

I am not quite sure how this could be addressed:
* perhaps show the full report (incl all fields) for editing?
* have a blacklist of personal information that would get auto-filtered (but "short" account names might create false positives, and anyway IM account have no relationship to local usernames) 
* have a blacklist of such misbehaving applications inside abrt?

Comment 1 Jiri Moskovcak 2011-10-24 14:18:52 UTC
One of our items on TODO list is to make the search box search thru all the text fields in abrt, this should help a lot in these cases.

Comment 3 Jiri Moskovcak 2011-10-26 06:52:54 UTC
I added a functionality which enables user to search for the sensitive data through all information gathered by ABRT in one step. As per c#1 we can also add some keywords to look for in the data by default and warn user there is probably something he'd rather not send to bugzilla (*pass*, username, *.avi, *.mpg, ..). We can also provide some machinery which would search the private data based on some regexps and those regexps would be provided by the package maintainers


- just drop file to:


- and libreport would use it to automatically search the data..

Comment 7 Jiri Moskovcak 2011-11-01 17:50:46 UTC
Fixed in git (commit: 7cf4ecbaf2e9a25e874418f04295360c080b2b23 + 1bdf355d381f9fde76a3e905e8ef94c21cfefcd6)

Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2011-12-10 11:06:38 UTC
abrt-2.0.7-2.fc16 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 16.

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2011-12-11 21:58:05 UTC
Package abrt-2.0.7-2.fc16, libreport-2.0.8-3.fc16:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 16 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing abrt-2.0.7-2.fc16 libreport-2.0.8-3.fc16'
as soon as you are able to, then reboot.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).

Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2011-12-16 19:54:15 UTC
abrt-2.0.7-2.fc16, libreport-2.0.8-3.fc16 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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