Bug#797135: gnome-software downloads updates automatically by default

Michael Meskes meskes at debian.org
Fri Aug 28 04:13:18 UTC 2015

Source: gnome-software
Severity: critical

Once installed the software downloads updates and makes the system do an
uograde automatically without even asking the user for confirmation once. The
default should be disabled and nor enabled or, at the very least, there
should be a very big warning to tell people, but the package description not
even gives a hint.

This is a critical bug because a) it may create a lot of costs for people who
have to pay by traffic and b) might completely destroy systems. Please refer
to the whole thread on -devel for details and in particular to

Since we're not exactly sure that this package is the (sole) cause please
help investigate and, if needed, move to whichever package is the culprit.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.1.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

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