Bug 8344 - bad screensaver(failure to run and lock screen(xauth problem, I think)).
Summary: bad screensaver(failure to run and lock screen(xauth problem, I think)).
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xscreensaver
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2000-01-10 19:50 UTC by sschwenker
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:12 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-01-13 17:07:58 UTC

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Description sschwenker 2000-01-10 19:50:24 UTC
I have just installed redhat 6.1.  I am using gnome after I log in to
gdm/xdm.  I also went into enlightment and set up the screensaver settings
to ask for a password when I come back if longer thatn 10 minutes.  I
noticed that the screensaver doesn't even come on.  I was playing with is
and used xhost +localhost and it worked temporairly.  The screensaver then
came on but The lock didn't work. This is a small security problem because
I don't want anyone on these machines if I walk away.

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2000-01-11 21:10:59 UTC
xscreensaver will not run as root.

Comment 2 sschwenker 2000-01-13 17:06:59 UTC
This bug Is not resolved.

I also have a redhat 6.0 linux server set up to do the same thing.  It works
perfectly fine.  Also if I do xhost +localhost and run xscreensaver manually,
then the screensaver will come on but not lock.  Why does it work in version 6.0
but not 6.1?

Obviously there is a bug if it did work but now doesn't.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2000-01-13 17:07:59 UTC
Because the 6.0 xscreensaver was *broken*. See the security errata.

Comment 4 randyv 2000-02-24 19:37:59 UTC
I don't understand the resolution on this being set to WONTFIX.
Is there a security errata addressing the issue that this won't work under root?
In other words, is there a fix under security errata that allows this to work
under root?
If not, I'd say it is a bug that you cannot lock the screen while logged in as

Comment 5 Aleksey Nogin 2000-06-11 04:22:41 UTC
It's not a bug, it's a feature. See xscreensaver's man page. 

P.S. Logging into X as root is usually a bad idea since it means that you are
running a big number of programs as root that do not have any bisuness running
as root. Log in as yourself and use su or sudo.

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