[system-settings] developer mode should not require a password

Bug #1434156 reported by jezra on 2015-03-19
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu UX
Matthew Paul Thomas
ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

in Ubuntu Touch, the decision to use a password in developer mode should be made by the user.

summary: - developer mode should not require a password
+ [system-settings] developer mode should not require a password
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Triaged
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thanks but that's done this way for security reasons

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Opinion
jezra (jezra) wrote :

This isn't a security issue, this is a UX issue. Forcing the user to perform an action that is completely unnecessary is bad UX. I understand the security implications and I am willing to click the "I understand the security issues, but I still don't want to be forced to enter a password when I use my device" checkbox if one ever becomes available .

On a side note, my password is 1234. Now that you know my device password, is my device less secure?

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

Requiring a password for developer mode wasn't a security requirement:


I don't see why it should be mandatory. It probably should just be encouraged.

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Opinion → New
Alexey Dokuchaev (danfe) wrote :

Totally agree with @jezra on this; it's indeed very annoying and actually prevents me from doing into development mode on my Ubuntu Touch phone. Since currently "adb push/pull" is the easiest file transfer method (with non-working file sharing via Bluetooth and ssh/scp requiring WiFi connection which might not be necessarily available), this essentially forces user to set password to be able to transfer files with adb (among other things).

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
John Lea (johnlea) on 2015-07-30
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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