gksudo should use policykit backend to allow using with user accounts not in sudo group

Bug #599713 reported by Mikko Rantalainen on 2010-06-29
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gksu (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gksu

Lots of administrative programs or programs that require root access for some other reason contain configuration to install a menu entry with gksudo. However, such menu entries are broken for all user accounts that are not members of group "admin" because gksudo does not allow for other authentication methods but user's own password.

Feature request: change gksudo to allow policykit authorization. Policykit-aware programs are already able to ask for both username and password in case the currently active user cannot grant the access. It could even make sense to replace gksudo with a policykit frontend and forget about making it behave as sudo replacement honoring the /etc/sudoers file.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: gksu 2.0.2-2ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-11.154-rt
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-11-rt x86_64
Architecture: amd64
CheckboxSubmission: f0bf0101e3df07a87acfbc156f0db03d
CheckboxSystem: b5acb6c9ca4017b1d44043910f45329d
Date: Tue Jun 29 12:19:31 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release Candidate amd64 (20091020.3)
SourcePackage: gksu

Mikko Rantalainen (mira) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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