Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 207756
Screensaver locks up the GUI and you cannot recover
Last modified: 2008-03-18 14:34:01 EDT
Description of problem:
When the screensaver is activated in a root session, you cannot recover the
session by using the mouse of the keyboard.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Not certain. The problem seems to happen always after a fresh boot but after
stuffing about with the settings it seems to fix itself until the next boot.
However I cannot be certain about this.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in as root.
2. Leave the system alone and allow the screensaver to activate.
Screensaver will lock up a root session.
I always thought the screensaver never activated for root ????
However if it does, it should free up on a keyboard or mouse event.
If you ssh in you can free up the GUI on the console by killing the screensaver
Also, this problem started happening only recently. The original CD set did not
exhibit this behavior (at least I never noticed it).
I don't know [yet] if this problem happens to non-root users.
If the screensaver should not be working for root anyway, then this bug has
security implications, because the screensaver **is** trying to work for root.
I occasionnally see similar problems. They screensaver locks up and the only
way around is to turn off the laptop. However, this occurs when logged in as a
normal user. I'm going to allow ssh in to see if I can kill it remotely next
time it happens.
It turns out that my lockups are not the result of the screensaver. From the
last entry of /var/log/messages, just before the lockup, I'm getting an error
related to module bcm43xxx, a wireless driver for broadcom wifi devices.
BTW - you can not ssh in, the entire system is locked.
We no longer support Fedora Core 5 and I am currently trying to get my open bug
count down to a more manageable state. I'm going to close this bug as WONTFIX.
If this issue is still a concern for you, would you mind trying to reproduce on
a supported version of Fedora and reopening?
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