In a GNOME default configuration:
- where gdm is customized to autologin a particular user
- the default keyring of this user has a blank password so it is automatically unlocked at startup
- the password required to activate a wireless connection is available in the keyring, correctly defined with nm-connection-editor or gnome-control-center network, and visible with seahorse
- Network-Manager is configured to ask the password to the network agent, confirmed by the 802-1x.password-flags property of this connection: value=1 meaning agent-owned
- Network-Manager is configured to automatically connect using this connection setup.
The dialog "Authentication required by wireless network" still appears at login time, with the username and password pre-filled, and validating this dialog is a requirement for the connection to successfully complete.
Changing the connection password-flags value to zero, so the password is stored in the network-manager system-connections config file, instead of the user's keyring is a possible workaround, but editing this connection again with nm-connection-editor at a later time will revert this tweak to its default value (agent-owned).
I think gnome-shell's network agent shouldn't request the password in this case, as it has all the available information to not do it.
The network agent should only pop up a dialog when requested by NetworkManager via DBus, so this might rather be an nm issue. Dan?
fedora 20 x86_64 up-to-date
(except I don't have autologin with a blank password but a classic user who enter a password at login)
I can confirm this also in the case with a normal password-protected user account, and a simple WPA2-PSK Wi-Fi connection configured through nm-connection-editor to NOT be available to other users (i.e., secret stored only in login keyring). I'm presented with a "Authentication required by wireless network" box every time I attempt to connect (with the correct password is already filled in).
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