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Amazing.

I have the Zoom client installed on my computer (the only things I use it for don't need encryption). And every time I leave the computer for any length of time, when I come back, the Zoom client has started on its own.

It's not a specific interval. It's not a specific time. It just seems to be any time I'm away from the computer for more than 15 minutes; when I wake the computer back up, Zoom's sitting there, waiting.

I check running daemons, I poke at background tasks - nothing.
Finally, it occurs to me: "when I wake the computer up". So on a hunch, I check xscreensaver - which has an oooold screensaver called "zoom". I don't have that screensaver installed, but it's listed in the possible screensavers, so xscreensaver checks for it - and it doesn't just check the screensavers directory, it checks $PATH too.

I remove the "zoom" line from ~/.xscreensaver - and the problem goes away.

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@noelle just another example of why zoom is malware

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@koyu @noelle it's only a matter of time before all screensavers are replaced by Zoom

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@emacsomancer
(In demonic voice) There is no program. Only Zoom.
@noelle @koyu

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@noelle the script to start Dwarf Fortress is called "df"

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@ben @noelle df -h to play as humans instead of dwarves

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@artilectzed @noelle do not put dwarf fortress in your PATH

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@noelle I love this solution.

The problem, not so much, but the solution is glorious.

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@noelle ...for pity's sake.

Well done on troubleshooting.

- 🦊💧

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@noelle Computers were a mistake.

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@noelle Awesome, gotta remember to put random programs in my coworkers xscreensaver file

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@tofuwabohu @noelle script that waits a half hour after it's woken up, then plays a randomly selected sound effect -- a cough, a sneeze, a cat meowing, a dog's bark, a fart, an incoming text notification ( bonus points if it's their current text notif )...

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@noelle this story might be redeemable for a free slice of pizza at DNA Lounge in San Francisco - just ask for jamie

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@djsundog @noelle I concur - jwz would get a good laugh out of that.

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@yojimbo @djsundog @noelle I mean honestly getting a free slice of pizza out of JWZ is almost a better story than the story itself...

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@djsundog I've long wanted to visit the DNA Lounge - I hope it's still managing to stay open when I finally make it out to the left coast.

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@djsundog @noelle only if you can work in a mention of the Dali clock

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@noelle I love it! Also, it's probably not that a good idea to check the $PATH ^^'.

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@noelle lol. Wow. That's... why is Xscreensaver searching $PATH anyway?

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@noelle so you could put shutdown in there and everytime you wake the computer up it shuts down.
Not very well thought through by xscreenserver. o.O

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@alsternerd
That would require
1. shutdown to be SUID root and
2. shutdown doing anything but display the usage message when run without/with the wrong parameters
@noelle

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@pludikovsky right, hm, but this still opens this up for some mieschief. :D @noelle

@noelle wow, having that conclusion, that hunch... What a shit problem.

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@noelle that's a big screensaver oof

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@noelle
Zoom is malware. Would be great if "zero trust in a company" meant people actually stopped using it.

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@noelle 🎶 I always feel like somebody's watching me 🎶

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@noelle

Zoom has emerged as an APT.

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@noelle Here's an useful open-source addon that allows you to easily use the webapp, so you don't have to run their proprietary desktop client.

addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firef

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@noelle If you can't avoid #Zoom, it is possible to join meetings using a web browser: support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/artic

It used to be just Chromium/Chrome supported, but it seems Firefox is now finally supported as well.

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