Security leak: Public disclosure of user data without their consent by installing software via pkg

Gordon Tetlow gordon at
Tue Apr 6 14:56:24 UTC 2021

On Apr 6, 2021, at 7:42 AM, Shawn Webb <shawn.webb at> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 06, 2021 at 04:39:40PM +0200, Miroslav Lachman wrote:
>> On 06/04/2021 16:27, Shawn Webb wrote:
>>> 1. BSDStats isn't run/maintained by the FreeBSD project. File the
>>>    report with the BSDStats project, not FreeBSD.
>>> 2. You install a package that is made to submit statistical data.
>>> 3. You're upset that it submits statistical data?
>> The problem here is that it collects and sends data right at the install
>> time. It is really unexpected to run installed package without user consent.
>> If you install Apache, MySQL or any other package the command / daemon is no
>> run by "pkg install" command.
>> This must be avoided.
> It's probably easier to submit a patch than it is to write a
> lolwut-type email. All you gotta do is rm the post-install script.
> Also `pkg install` has the -I option. But whatever, let the lolwut
> mentality prevail!

I had a conversation on the side with the requestor. In short, there is already a patch to address this issue in <>. Not sure why it hasn't been committed yet, but hopefully it gets picked up shortly.

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