Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 13 months ago

#11919 new New feature feature in debug traceback view should be optional

Reported by: mikey Owned by: nobody
Component: Error reporting Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: zborboa-google Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: yes
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


In the default debug stacktrace view, the "copy-and-paste view" includes a helpful form to submit the traceback to When the (very large) form submit button is clicked, the full stack trace and environment is immediately posted to

This feature poses security risk: a careless click can immediately publish a stack trace to third-party site, with no protection of the data in transit, and no access controls at the remote side. For individuals or organizations working on confidential projects, there is typically no interest in sharing any information externally.

It does require two clicks to cause such an accident (one to toggle copy-and-paste view, another to submit the form), making it unlikely to happen -- but we have had it happen, and at my organization we'd sleep far better with this feature disabled on all projects.

Suggestion 1: Make use of this pastebin an optional feature (patch attached).

Suggestion 2: Make this feature default disabled (flip bit in attached patch; default preserves existing behavior).

Suggestion 3: Make the pastebin form customizable, so that a provider other than dpaste may be used (for example, an internal pastebin.) I don't have much interest in this, so I've not attempted the larger change.


Attachments (1)

django-dpaste-optional.diff (1.9 KB) - added by mikey 7 years ago.
patch to add ENABLE_DPASTE setting

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Change History (9)

Changed 7 years ago by mikey

patch to add ENABLE_DPASTE setting

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by russellm

  • Patch needs improvement set
  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted

I think your option 3 is a better approach. Accepting on that basis.

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by julien

  • Severity set to Normal
  • Type set to New feature

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by aaugustin

  • UI/UX unset

Change UI/UX from NULL to False.

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by aaugustin

  • Easy pickings unset

Change Easy pickings from NULL to False.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by zborboa-google

  • Cc zborboa-google added

comment:6 Changed 22 months ago by berkerpeksag

  • Patch needs improvement unset
  • Version changed from 1.1 to master

comment:7 Changed 22 months ago by timgraham

  • Patch needs improvement set

Comments for improvement are on the PR.

comment:8 Changed 13 months ago by timgraham

  • Component changed from Core (Other) to Error reporting
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