Privacy issue #2580
I've tested [nonprism-testing/geoclue] (locally built).
As of writing this, my system is up to date:
$ sudo pacman -Syu ... warning: geoclue: local (2.5.5+6+gea52170-1.nonprism1) is newer than extra (2.5.5+6+gea52170-1) ...
For the first test, [nonprism] was enabled. However, [nonprism/your-privacy] was not installed.
The last test was by having [nonprism-testing/geoclue] installed and masked geoclue.service as proposed on StackExchange .
All tests were performed with an active internet connection and without Tor, VPN, ...
In short: [nonprism-testing/geoclue] does not prevent geolocalization. Masking geoclue.service is needed and seems to prevent geolocalization.
Does not start:
$ gnome-weather § journalctl /usr/bin/gnome-weather -- Reboot -- Dec 18 18:36:09 host org.gnome.Weath: JS WARNING: [resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/world.js 73]: reference to undefined property "autoLocation" Dec 18 18:36:09 host org.gnome.Weath: JS ERROR: TypeError: CurrentLocationController.AutoLocation is undefined _init@resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/world.js:73:1 wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/_legacy.js:82:22 _init@resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/window.js:65:27 wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/_legacy.js:82:22 _createWindow@resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/main.js:159:16 wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/_legacy.js:82:22 vfunc_activate@resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/main.js:191:19 wrapper@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/_legacy.js:82:22 main@resource:///org/gnome/Weather/Application/js/app/main.js:207:13 run@resource:///org/gnome/gjs/modules/package.js:222:12 @/usr/share/org.gnome.Weather/org.gnome.Weather.Application:6:1
was able to determine my location.
- [extra/gnome-weather] with masked geoclue.service
was not able to determine my location.
$ gnome-weather Gjs-Message: 19:25:22.541: JS LOG: Failed to connect to GeoClue2 service: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.freedesktop.GeoClue2: Unit geoclue.service is masked.
I've never used the application before.
The output in the terminal was:
$ empathy (empathy:6103): tp-glib-CRITICAL **: 18:40:22.723: tp_protocol_get_param: assertion 'TP_IS_PROTOCOL (self)' failed ...
Furhtermore I was not able to add accounts and thus use the app in a meaningfull way. Please ask for screenshots if necessary.
The app runs fine and the button for "Go to current location" was greyed out.
Detects localization after a short time.
- [extra/gnome-maps] with masked geoclue.service
Clicking on the localization button results in a message "Failed to connect to localization service" and my location seems not to be found.
I don't know how to test whether it has any clues about the location. However gnome-shell runs fine.
$ redshift Trying location provider `geoclue2'... Using provider `geoclue2'. Using method `randr'. Waiting for initial location to become available...
The program does not seem to make any progress.
Running with the hardcoded location
$ redshift -l XX.XX:YY.YY
All in all, redshift behaves as expected.
§ redshift Trying location provider `geoclue2'... Using provider `geoclue2'. Using method `randr'. Waiting for initial location to become available... Location: XX.XX N, Y.YY E
The returned location is in the city I am. geoclue must have returned the location.
- [extra/redshift] with masked geoclue.service
Same as in case [nonprism/geoclue].
I don't know, how to test this.
Please let me know if you need any further information.
I have to revert some of my test results. I think I had [extra/geoclue] installed when writing the previous post. Sorry for the confusion.
I have reevaluated the affected packages in [extra] ([nonprism] was NOT enabled):
sudo pacman -Syuu && sudo pacman -U geoclue-2.5.5+6+gea52170-1.nonprism1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz && sudo pacman -S gnome-maps gnome-weather empathy gnome-settings-daemon redshift webkit2gtk
For the gnome apps I don't know how to enable more specific debug output. The options seem all about GUI stuff.
Location was not available and het to be set manually. See screenshot attached.
Location was not available (button was greyed out). See screenshot attached.
Location is not found.
redshift -r -m dummy Trying location provider `geoclue2'... Using provider `geoclue2'. WARNING: Using dummy gamma method! Display will not be affected by this gamma method. Waiting for initial location to become available... ^Cpoll: Interrupted system call Unable to get location from provider.
Running with option -l is fine.
Again no idea how to test this. However gnome runs fine.
So my revised conclusion is that [nonprism-testing/geoclue] does a pretty good job.
Updated by bill-auger about 2 months ago
i just noticed this package - it is in abslibre but not published for pacman
someone reported on IRC that gnome is impossible to install with 'your-privacy' - i suggested to try this PKGBUILD; but i noticed that the pkgname is 'geoclue' - that would prevent it from being installed with 'your-privacy'
just to make a note that if this package is working well, and it gets published, that 'geoclue' would need to be removed from the 'your-privacy' conflicts