Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 125237
Gnome freezes after root password prompt
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:00:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
When running a program from the menu that requires root privelages I
get prompted for a password. If after typing in the password I hit
enter instead of clicking OK, X freezes up. Switching to a virtual
console doesn't work, CTRL+ALT+Backspace doesn't work and CTRL+ALT+DEL
doesn't work. The only way to recover is to hit the reboot key.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run a program that requires root privelages from the menu
2. Type in your password
3. Hit enter (Clicking OK will not reproduce this bug for me)
Actual Results: X freezes.
Expected Results: I get authenticated and the program runs.
It's now doing it even when I click OK. I launched the Add/Remove
program, typed in my password, clicked OK and although the program
ran, it froze immediately. Is there anyway to get a log of what
userhelper is doing?
Also it seems that CTRL+ALT+Del does work, it was just taking longer
than I expected.
X does *not* freeze (Although attempting to close it seems to freeze X
and the entire system). I am able to navigate using the keyboard,
doing so I was able to check the output from dmesg and noticed:
usb 2-2: control timeout on ep0in
This bug seems to have exactly the same effects as another bug I've
which leads me to believe they're related, although how I don't know.
Are userhelper, hwbrowser and kudzu related somehow?
Simon, I'm unable to reproduce this on FC2, gnome-desktop-188.8.131.52-1.
It looks weird. The possible problem is a broken installation I guess.
But after seeing the bug above I doubt it is hardware issue. The
hwbrowser also works for me.
Sorry I didn't report this sooner, the bug is caused by/related to a
VIA USB chipset bug in earlier 2.6 kernels (the only info i can find
about it is at http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/100errata.php3). I
still have no idea why this stuff is being invoked just to
authenticate me (happens under KDE as well IIRC).