** Also affects: base-files (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** No longer affects: ubuntu-mate

** Tags added: eoan focal

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  motd-news transmitting private hardware data without consent or
  knowledge in background

Status in base-files package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  In package base-files there is a script /etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-
  news that harvests private hardware data from the machine and
  transmits it in the background every day.  There is no notice, no
  consent, no nothing.  This should be by default disabled until there
  is informed consent.

  This solution is simple:

  1. Change ENABLED=1 to ENABLED=0 in the file /etc/default/motd-news and 
  2. Place a comment in the file disclosing the fact that the 50-motd-news 
script will harvest private hardware data and upload it to motd.ubuntu.com 
daily if the end-user enables it.

  Creating databases that maps ip address to specify hardware is a
  threat to both privacy and security.  If an adversary knows the
  specific hardware and the ip address for that hardware their ability
  to successfully attack it is greatly increased.

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