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almost every time I use one Asus laptop I receive this email:

subject * SECURITY information for hostname *

hostname : May 17 10:50:36 : user : `浂

The symbol after the user field is always different and I don't know what this means. The installation and configuration is the same as for few other workstations, but I don't have such a notifications from them. The OS is Ubuntu 9.10.

Does anyone knows what this message is about? Thanks

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Could this issue apply? – Daniel Beck May 17 '11 at 17:40
That looks very similar to my case. Anytime I use sudo command I receive email to root. The bug isn't fixed, I will search around to see what comes. Thanks! – grs May 17 '11 at 18:13
Got it! @Daniel - your link point me in the right direction. Here: is the respective forum post, here: is similar bug report. To fix it I added line: hostname in my /etc/hosts file. I will be glad to mark your answer as correct if you decide to write it here. Thanks! – grs May 17 '11 at 18:29
Thanks in advance! Did you actually mean or rather – Daniel Beck May 17 '11 at 18:43
It is I have setup to point to localhost, not to hostname. I think any would work, as it cares to resolve the hostname and it is checking the etc/hosts file. – grs May 17 '11 at 18:58
up vote 6 down vote accepted

It is related to this issue. The user reports here that it is related to a change of hostname.

Check your /etc/hosts file and make sure you have an entry pointing to your hostname.

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