Setting a PIN can result in a passphrase instead

Bug #1363405 reported by Michał Sawicz on 2014-08-30
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu)
Michael Terry
unity8 (Ubuntu)
unity8 (Ubuntu RTM)

Bug Description

It's happened to me a few times that even though I selected passcode (4 digit) as my lock (e.g. in the wizard), I was still presented with a full keyboard in the lockscreen.

I'm worried that for someone it might result in the opposite, rendering the phone inaccessible because you can't type your passphrase with a pin-pad.

We either need to improve robustness of the setting (ideally storing the lick type next to the password itself in PAM somehow?) or allow switching to a full keyboard entry in the passcode lockscreen.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu RTM 14.09
Package: ubuntu-system-settings 0.3+14.10.20140828.2~rtm-0ubuntu1
Uname: Linux 3.4.67 armv7l
ApportVersion: 2.14.6-0ubuntu2
Architecture: armhf
Date: Sat Aug 30 11:23:04 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-08-30 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn (development branch) - armhf (20140830-030204)
SourcePackage: ubuntu-system-settings
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Related branches

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :
description: updated
Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Oliver Grawert (ogra) on 2014-09-01
Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Michael Terry (mterry)
Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

ralsina was mentioning on IRC that he hit this too, setting the PIN via wizard on a fresh image.

So far, all reports of this are from using the wizard. Perhaps there's some way to get in a half-way state using it.

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

I'll note that I haven't managed to hit it yet, when trying to via a wizard run after a --wipe install. Reliable reproduction would really help.

Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

I get that occasionally, it just happens again in the emulator on current utopic:

sudo apt install ubuntu-emulator
sudo ubuntu-emulator create --arch=i386 --channel=devel-proposed devel-proposed
ubuntu-emulator run devel-proposed
go through the wizard: keep English, select PIN, enter 0000, accept defaults all the other stuff
wait until greeter appears, skip intro
swipe away the greeter
Find the "Hello <input box>", which is a bit awkward for PIN entry

I reproduced that two times now (with a freshly created emulator).

Michael Terry (mterry) on 2014-09-09
summary: - Storage of passcode vs. passphrase lock type unreliable
+ Setting a PIN can result in a passphrase instead
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubuntu-system-settings - 0.3+14.10.20140909-0ubuntu1

ubuntu-system-settings (0.3+14.10.20140909-0ubuntu1) utopic; urgency=low

  [ Ken VanDine ]
  * Notify the user if the phone needs to be plug to power for update.

  [ Sebastien Bacher ]
  * [system-update] don't draw a frame around ubuntu updates (LP:

  [ Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre ]
  * Also allow Speakers and Carkits as valid audio devices to pair.

  [ Michael Terry ]
  * Allow switch from PIN code to passphrase and back using the same
    password. (LP: #1357043) (LP: #1357043)
  * Fix false-negatives from AccountsService when switching from swipe
    to password (LP: #1363405) (LP: #1363405)
 -- Ubuntu daily release <email address hidden> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:40:09 +0000

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2014-10-06
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu RTM):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

I am getting this on krillin/vivid, flashing with:

$ ubuntu-device-flash touch --channel ubuntu-touch/rc-proposed/bq-aquaris.en --recovery-image recovery.img --developer-mode --password=XXXX --wipe

I select a passcode in the wizard, but it asks me for a passphrase when unlocking. "Lock security" is "Passphrase" when looking at system-settings. I can see this always when flashing with --wipe.

The last version I have flashed is

current build number: 29
device name: krillin
channel: ubuntu-touch/rc-proposed/bq-aquaris.en
last update: 2015-06-10 06:38:10
version version: 29
version ubuntu: 20150610
version device: 20150529-8e13c5f
version custom: 20150528-722-29-15-vivid

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Albert Astals Cid (aacid) wrote :

You mean this bug is only reproduceable when setting the password via ubuntu-device-flash?

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

Ahhh... That's expected then. The wizard can't override the password you set via u-d-f. Arguably it should show a nice UI warning to that effect, so people know what's up. Otherwise we keep getting reports like this.

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