Bug 1305770 - libgnome: Enrolling fingerprint requires no password
libgnome: Enrolling fingerprint requires no password
Status: NEW
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
: Reopened, Security
Depends On: 1333882
Blocks: 1305771
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Reported: 2016-02-09 03:27 EST by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2016-11-08 11:19 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-05-06 10:33:11 EDT
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Description Adam Mariš 2016-02-09 03:27:43 EST
It was reported that in Gnome 3, it is possible to enroll a new fingerprint for login authentication (which can also be used for sudo in some configurations), without having to enter the owner's password. Attacker can enroll his own fingerprint when the owner leaves their laptop unlocked for a minute, meaning he can also enter the laptop later if its locked.
Comment 3 Adam Mariš 2016-05-06 10:31:37 EDT
Upstream bug:


Note that this behavior can be changed in fprintd PolicyKit settings in /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/net.reactivated.fprint.device.policy
Comment 4 Adam Mariš 2016-05-06 10:32:31 EDT
Created fprintd tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1333882]
Comment 7 Adam Mariš 2016-05-09 10:55:55 EDT
This issue has been reported as far back as 2011:

Comment 8 Patrick Uiterwijk 2016-08-06 03:53:31 EDT
Note that the GNOME bug says that the decision is up to the distribution policy, but it seems that the distribution policy for Fedora apparantly does not require authentication.
So for Fedora, this is still a bug.

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