Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 443340
Cannot change repository settings without re-entering root password
Last modified: 2013-03-05 22:55:35 EST
Description of problem:
If I authenticate as root by going to any of the Administration tools (Date and
Time, Display, etc.) the authorization shield shows in the notification area. If
I then go to the Software Sources tool and try to enable/disable a repository,
PolicyKit fails to realize that I am already authenticated. It then requests the
root password for the following details:
Vendor: The PackageKit Project
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Authenticate as root by going to System -> Administration Tools -> Date &
Time (or most others) as a normal user
2. Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources
3. Enable a repository
PolicyKit asks for root password even when the authenticated icon is in the
PolicyKit gives permission to the action (repo-change) because my root
authentication is still active.
These are just different mechanisms. system-config-time uses the older
consolehelper approach to 'become root'. PolicyKit asks for authorization for
This leads to a somewhat suboptimal experience while the two systems coexist.
Over time, more things will use PolicyKit.