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Version 4.5 Big Brother/Google Analytics

Greg S
  • Greg S

    Greg S - 2008-12-11

    I have detected a lot of external communication with the dimdim 4.5 vmware appliance. I first noticed it when I was testing and my browser would hang when it was trying to reach google-analytics.

    Just for fun I grep'd all the files in the /usr/local/dimdim directory for 'google-analytics' and this is what came back:

    Directory ConferenceServer/apache-tomcat-5.5.17/:


    Now I haven't had time to look through the code to see exactly what's being reported, or set up a sniffer to see exactly what type of tracking/homing is going on, however I see it as a major security issue that this stand alone application is reporting back to google and trying to contact other outside hosts. Again, I don't know if this is a vestige of this particular vmware appliance install (I doubt it) but it would be nice to hear some comments from the developers on this subject.

    • Mitchell

      Mitchell - 2008-12-18

      Thank you Greg for posting this.  I emailed them as well about this.

    • Greg S

      Greg S - 2008-12-20

      No problem. If you hear back from anyone on this, please post the results. Thanks!


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