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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Skype calling home?!? Reply with quote

I decided to ask this question here as it may pertain to security.
I've installed skype for linux on a kubuntu box for a friend, then checked on my gentoo box and it's the same: when I "ps aux" there's no skype but when I do "ps au|grep skype" it shows. Run ps again and it shows - everytime with different pid. It looks like it's turning on for a split of a second and then off.
WTF? Is this normal? I'm a little freaked out.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I'm anoyed. I've unmerged skype but when I run "ps aux|grep skype" it keeps on showing up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your interpretation of ps output is wrong
ps shows that there is a "grep" process with "skype" option
"skype" is standing for grep command line option, not for process name

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just to check it try to run this command:
Code:
ps aux |grep skypeeeeeeeeeeeeee


it will show you skypeeeeeeeeeeeeee, not a skype
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

somewhere I saw this trick

ps aux | grep [s]kype

grep will not then show itself :)
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