ntp.ubuntulinux.org? (ntp as big-brother)

Stefan Potyra sistpoty at ubuntu.com
Wed Jan 4 16:23:44 GMT 2006


Am Mittwoch 04 Januar 2006 16:41 schrieb Paul Sladen:
> On Sat, 1 Oct 2005, Daniel Robitaille wrote:
> > That may or may not be a good thing depending on your personal level of
> > paranoia/privacy  (personally I couldn't care less that the ubuntu
> > people know that I'm running ubuntu on 2 of my computers)
> If both of your computers are sitting behind the same NAT gateway, then it
> is likely not possible to know that you have two machines;  just that you
> have a habit of power-cycling twice as often as other people.
> One big-brother improvement would be to automatically file the Hardware
> profile to  http://hwdb.ubuntu.com  and then use the resulting MD5 hash as
> a unique identifier that the ntp-client can transmit on boot.  Then you
> could create proper maps of how often people power-cycle and with what
> hardware.
> Now, if ntp were to call-home twice, once at the start of boot sequence and
> once at the end (with the above MD5 appended), Scott would instantly get
> all boot-chart data about which spec machines boot at which speeds.

I personally don't think that a program (ntp) that claims do to one thing 
(keep my clock up to date) should be abused to do another thing secretly and 
thus send personal data somewhere.

However if I am made aware of a software, that will send data somewhere (or 
even better: also which exact data is actually sent) to help 
developing/debugging ubuntu, I would be happy to install this.

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