Maybe we can simply get rid of it in Debian. And I didn't check who wrote the dd hack for Ubuntu in the first place, IMO some things are best left unknown. Besides, Debian bug #35325 linked above clearly shows how crap can easily get accepted into effectively unmaintained packages, even if someone raised a (granted, very mild) objection to it.
We need to get better at ditching unmaintained crap in Debian. In this particular case, I am told the issue is the lack of a good automated transition of craplogd^Wsysklogd config to rsyslog.