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For example, if I am drafting an email in a text editor, the text editor crashes, and apport creates a file in /var/crash, will the data below "CoreDump: base64" contain a copy of that draft? Could it also contain text that has been typed in other running programs? I did a base64 to base8 conversion on the data block, but the only string I have been able so far is "CoreDump" at the top line.

I have not been able to find another question regarding this, so can someone please enlighten me on what isn't inside a core dump versus the usual what is? Thank you very much!

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Generally speaking, core dumps may contain sensitive information. A core dump is basically showing you the contents of the memory of the problem process at the moment of the crash. For more info on how to read a core dump please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_dump .

  • Is this base64 core dump containing potentially sensitive information sent when filing a bug report with the "Report a problem" window? Thank you for your answer. :) – user217366 Feb 22 '17 at 8:06
  • The core dump is only related to the process that crashed, not what happens afterwards. – schaiba Feb 22 '17 at 8:09
  • I mean in situations like this: kephost.com/images/2016/05/20/… – user217366 Feb 22 '17 at 8:23

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