Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1478345
Repeated authentication requests in remote session
Last modified: 2018-02-20 10:23:50 EST
When we install Fedora 26, pcsc-lite gets installed along with coolkey and
opensc (I don't know why and I'm going to exclude them in future, but that's
not the point).
If I log in to a F26 machine remotely and start a VNC server containing a
GNOME session, then this appears in the centre of the screen:
Authentication is required to access the PC/SC daemon
When cancelled, this just comes back again and again, so the session is
You have to find which gnome component prints that. Some part of your desktop tries to communicate with the smart card repeatedly when you login, and that's why you get that popup.
Please re-assign to the VNC server component as there is not much we can do here.
I did some debugging and I found that it is seahorse that is triggering this. So I suggest reassigning it there.
Apparently not all of them come from seahorse. A bunch at login seem to be generated by gnome-settings-daemon as well. :/
There must be some gnome component/library that generates such requests.
This also started cropping up on a local F27 GNOME Wayland session recently, when opening the overview and typing a couple of characters to search.
In this case, I see two prompts; after cancelling both I don't see any more for while in the overview, or for a while afterwards.
If I wait a while, then open the overview and search again, the prompts appear again (but this doesn't happen if I open the overview again immediately after seeing them the previous time).
I've removed pcsc-lite (and the depending coolkey, opensc and pcsc-lite-ccid) packages, since apart from anything else it's a desktop with no SC reader...
Regardless, this prompt definitely shouldn't show up when searching the overview (!)
Maybe this has to do with a search provider in my case???
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 28 development cycle.
Changing version to '28'.