23 Mar 17:25 2014
Bug#459: PolicyKit authentication within apps often fails
Michael DePaulo <mikedep333 <at> gmail.com>
2014-03-23 16:25:58 GMT
2014-03-23 16:25:58 GMT
Package: x2goserver Version: 188.8.131.52 Notes: 1. I am not sure if this is a bug in x2goserver, x2goserver-xsession, or in nx-libs. 2. PolicyKit depends on ConsoleKit (and on systemd-logind in newer distros.) 3. The behavior seems to be distro-specific and/or app-specific. 4. This bug report differs from 458 because PolicyKit authentication is being called within an app, not when launching the app. This is part of the PolilcyKit architecture: The apps run unprivileged and rely on PolicyKit in order to speak to privileged processes that do the actual task. For example, in test case 2, gpk-application is launched unprivileged. It uses PolicyKit to speak to the PackageKit backend, and the PackageKit backend does the package install. Test system: Fedora 20 64-bit MATE Desktop 184.108.40.206.fc20 - used for all 3 test cases x2goserver 220.127.116.11.2.fc20 x2goserver-xsession 18.104.22.168.2.fc20 nxlibs 22.214.171.124.1-fc20 (This distro uses logind) (/usr/libexec/polkit-mate-authentication-agent-1 is launched automatically when I login over X2Go. This distro is not affected by bug 457) Test Case 1: Steps: 1. Launch yumex (from start menu or from console) 2. Switch to the yumex's "history" tab on the left.. Expected result: A policykit authentication window opens up, I select a user to authenticate as (myself or root), enter my password, and then the history is populated within yumex. Here is an image of that policykit authentication window: http://imgur.com/JUZTBHo Actual result: The authentication window does not open up and the history is no populated. Instead, I get an error message windows. When I click "Close" on the window, yumex closes. Error message: Fatal Error: polkit-not-authorized Could not get polkit autherisation to start backend Yum Extender will terminate Here's an image of the error message window http://imgur.com/ABYETM0 From the command-line, I can see this output when I select the history tab: 15:53:07 : INFO - YUM: Error executing command as another user: Not authorized 15:53:14 : INFO - yum backend process is ended 15:53:14 : INFO - yum backend process is ended Test Case 2: Steps: 1. Launch gpk-application (GNOME "Software Install" AKA "Add/Remove Software") 2. Select to install a single package. 3. Click "Apply Changes" Expected result: A policykit authentication window opens up, I select a user to authenticate as (myself or root), enter my password, and then the package is downloaded & installed (over the course of at least a few seconds), during which a progress bar is displayed. Screenshot: http://imgur.com/lLNof08 Actual result: The authentication window does not open up. The progress bar for the install completes in about 1 second. The package is not installed. (Interestingly enough, the package is still selected to be installed, but the "Apply Changes" and "cancel" button are hidden. This is a bug in gpk-application, it does not know how to handle policykit having an error. But this gpk-application bug is besides the point.) Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/28lCZF5.png Also, the command-line does not show any relevant output. Test Case 3: Steps: 1. Launch virt-manager (AKA "Virtual Machine Manager") This test case actually passes! Expected & Actual result: A policykit authentication window opens up, I select a user to authenticate as (e.g., myself or root), enter my password, and then I am connected to the local libvirtd instance and see the VMs running. Screenshot: http://imgur.com/mZSgdMW Also, the command-line output does not include any details about PolicyKit (succeeding.) Note: Test case 3 fails on CentOS 6.5 64-bit. However, CentOS 6.5 64-bit is affected by bug 457, so that precludes running this test case.