Bug 590393 - Weird behavior with missing root password
Summary: Weird behavior with missing root password
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: polkit-gnome
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Matthias Clasen
QA Contact: Desktop QE
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-05-09 10:29 UTC by Lubomir Rintel
Modified: 2017-12-06 12:26 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-06 12:26:10 UTC
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Description Lubomir Rintel 2010-05-09 10:29:31 UTC
Description of problem:

In case the password for root user is completely missing, polkit dialog behave in a rather confusing manner; a password input box is missing and clicking "Authenticate" button has no effect.

Steps to Reproduce:

Wipe out a root password from /etc/shadow, try to e.g. install a package.

Comment 2 RHEL Program Management 2010-05-09 12:29:54 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Major release.  This request is not yet committed for

Comment 3 RHEL Program Management 2010-07-15 14:53:55 UTC
This issue has been proposed when we are only considering blocker
issues in the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux release. It has
been denied for the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.

** If you would still like this issue considered for the current
release, ask your support representative to file as a blocker on
your behalf. Otherwise ask that it be considered for the next
Red Hat Enterprise Linux release. **

Comment 5 Jan Kurik 2017-12-06 12:26:10 UTC
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is in the Production 3 Phase. During the Production 3 Phase, Critical impact Security Advisories (RHSAs) and selected Urgent Priority Bug Fix Advisories (RHBAs) may be released as they become available.

The official life cycle policy can be reviewed here:


This issue does not meet the inclusion criteria for the Production 3 Phase and will be marked as CLOSED/WONTFIX. If this remains a critical requirement, please contact Red Hat Customer Support to request a re-evaluation of the issue, citing a clear business justification. Note that a strong business justification will be required for re-evaluation. Red Hat Customer Support can be contacted via the Red Hat Customer Portal at the following URL:


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