Zoom: You should hire an appropriate package maintainer

Through my daily job, sometimes I should use zoom for meetings and webinar but several resources indicate that they didn't pay enough security effort to their product, so I've decided to remove it from my laptop. However, I've found a weird message at that time.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 45 not upgraded.
After this operation, 269 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 362466 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing zoom (3.5.374815.0324) ...
run post uninstall script, action is remove ...
current home is /root
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.15-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1) ...
(Reading database ... 361169 files and directories currently installed.)
Purging configuration files for zoom (3.5.374815.0324) ...
run post uninstall script, action is purge ...
current home is /root
Wait. "current home is /root"? What did you do? Then I've extracted its package (ar -x zoom_amd64.deb; tar xvf contro.tar.xz; view post*)
# Program:
#       script to be run after package installation

echo "run post install script, action is $1..."

#ln -s -f /opt/zoom/ZoomLauncher /usr/bin/zoom

#$1 folder path
function remove_folder
        if [ -d $1 ]; then
                rm -rf $1

echo current home is $HOME
remove_folder "$HOME/.cache/zoom"
Ouch. When I run apt with sudo, $HOME is /root. So, their maintscript tried to remove files under /root! Did they do any tests? Even if it would work well, touch user's files under $Home is NOT a good idea...

And it seems that not only for .deb package but also .rpm package.


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