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[openFATE 310005] ask for root password once per-session
Feature changed by: Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
Feature #310005, revision 7
Title: ask for root password once per-session

- openSUSE Distribution: New
+ openSUSE Distribution: Rejected by Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
+ reject reason: This is mostly bug. The sudo/etc should ask for a
+ password with certain granularity. If that is not happening then it is
+ a bug in that specific tool. Also please note gnomesu is bit dead.
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Thiago Sayao (sayao)
Partner organization:

It would be nice to just ask for the root password once per-session.
For security it would be valid only for the session for X minutes. When
into the X minutes after the password is entered the request for
authentication would just have the "Cancel" and "Continue" buttons, the
password field would be hidden because the password would be still
valid. When the X minutes expires, the system would as for the password
Variations of this method are accepted, but it is annoying to have to
enter the password a lot of times when configuring things or installing

#1: Pavol Rusnak (prusnak) (2010-06-21 08:16:34)
This is what gnome-su and kdesu are for. If they are not working
correctly it is a bug.

#3: Some One (dextermanas) (2010-06-27 05:02:09) (reply to #1)
Doesn't seem to be for kdesu in all my fresh installs of 11.2. For eg,
whenever I use the One-click-installer and the password is prompted,
suppose I immediately invoke it again then it asks me for the password
again. This happens even though the "remember" option is checked.

#2: Thiago Sayao (sayao) (2010-06-22 13:12:18)
gnome-su seems to be working, but it asks the password every time. I am
proposing to save the password for X minutes and only ask for the
elevation confirmation within those X minutes without the need to enter
the password again.
The gnome keyring has a similar option for GPG signatures.

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