Bug 1398904 - firewall-cmd requiring root for bash autocompletition
Summary: firewall-cmd requiring root for bash autocompletition
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 1375655
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: firewalld
Version: 27
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Eric Garver
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2016-11-27 07:48 UTC by srakitnican
Modified: 2023-09-14 03:35 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2018-08-10 14:31:13 UTC
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Description srakitnican 2016-11-27 07:48:21 UTC
Description of problem:
Trying to do autocompletion in bash results in polkit prompts for every completion.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible: By typing firewall-cmd as regular user and pressing <tab>.

Actual results: 
$ firewall-cmd Authorization failed.
    Make sure polkit agent is running or run the application as superuser.

Expected results: That firewall-cmd autocompletion does not require root password

Additional info: It seems stackexchange user icarus debugged it in detail

Comment 1 Sally 2017-10-04 03:40:28 UTC
I think the same issue is still with 


I am using fedora 26 with XFCE environment.

Description of the problem:
When I want use firewall-cmd and then type tab to see which the options, or starting type -- then tab, I get "XFCE PolicyKit Agent" window, asking me the password of the root, after entering the password when I type another option for the same command it prompt again, that means I may have to enter root password 5 times till I finish typing the command with its options.

I don't know if the issue from polkit or xfce-polkit or bash-completion.

After reading the link up, and removed the line

    firewall-cmd --state 1> /dev/null || return
from the file

There is some improvement in reducing the number of time of asking the password, but the issue is still there.


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Comment 3 srakitnican 2017-11-17 08:42:18 UTC
Still an issue in a fully updated Fedora 27 release.

Comment 4 Harald Pfeiffer 2018-01-26 14:07:49 UTC
As far as I can see this by researching on the web, the causing line is "firewall-cmd --state 2> /dev/null". For firewalld-, this is on line 116 (116c116).

My thoughts right now:

On a Debian system with polkitd running this causes no issue ("sudo firewall-cmd <TAB><TAB> does not throw a polkitd exception even though the line is also existing in the bash completion script)), so this is option 1.

Option 2 is the question why this is coded in as a prerequisite - without this line firewall-cmd does work for unprivileged users as tab completion and an execution would still fail (see below, I had autocompleted "--state" and then got blocked by polkitd when firing the command, which I expected). Unless this is there for a security reason maybe this could be removed.

Comment 5 Harald Pfeiffer 2018-01-26 14:08:32 UTC
Forgot the example line:

15:03:12 pfeifferh@jango104 ~/git/xmart/personal/miscellany/linux-fixes/bash_completion # firewall-cmd --state 
Authorization failed.
    Make sure polkit agent is running or run the application as superuser.

Comment 6 Eric Garver 2018-08-10 14:31:13 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 1375655 ***

Comment 7 Red Hat Bugzilla 2023-09-14 03:35:07 UTC
The needinfo request[s] on this closed bug have been removed as they have been unresolved for 1000 days

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