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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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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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It would seem that the Sudo program or whatever it is sent this message as an alert that there was an invalid password attempt while trying to use sudo.

When I run sudo visudo, there is a setting Defaults mail_badpass that I assume is the source of this.

Further evidence that this is from the sudo program / whatever it is called: https://groups.google.com/g/rcdevs-technical/c/oUzjW0MZs_8?pli=1

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