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Fedora 29 Login without password

asked 2019-04-11 21:55:39 -0600

kingsleywen gravatar image

I am not sure if anyone has tried to click cancel several times on the login page. But I accidentally tried that today and surprisingly, I logged in without entering my password by just clicking the cancel button.

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I tried this on Gnome fedora 29 just now and couldn't repeat this. A single cancel roles back to user select. several iterations of selecting user and then cancel would not login. What desktop do you have selected for login? Also how many user accounts do you have shown?

nmgiffin gravatar imagenmgiffin ( 2019-04-12 14:50:39 -0600 )edit

Hi, there. It only works for me whenever I restart my computer. If I directly logout my account, I would not be able to repeat this. I only have a single user account. I have attached a link to the video if you are interested. Not sure if it is caused by my own text

kingsleywen gravatar imagekingsleywen ( 2019-04-12 21:13:38 -0600 )edit

Should definitely not be happening. Is this a fresh install?

You could reinstall Fedora from a new ISO and verify the check sums!

stonedrebel gravatar imagestonedrebel ( 2019-04-15 06:19:02 -0600 )edit

As far as I understand it, from what I've seen from the video -- that was not actual login prompt.

That's gnome prompting you for the password for your gnome-keyring -- and you can indeed cancel out of it.

gnome-keyring is where gnome stores your various keys and passwords (not that many by default). You can install Seahorse gui application to view them all (was installed by default in previous Fedora versions, it isn't in F29). It usually gets unlocked on logging into your gnome session -- with your login password, as far as I know.

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-04-15 08:36:28 -0600 )edit

When you've changed your password, there can be a situation, when gnome-keyring's password wasn't updated (maybe you've changed your password from cli). Then you login successfully, but your login password is no more able to unlock gnome-keyring, and g-k starts to pester you with these "unable to unlock" messages.

And if you cancel the prompt -- gnome just isn't able to access stored keys and passwords, but the system is otherwise fully functional.

I've had it once maybe twice in the past, to resolve it I've used Seahorse to change password for default keyring (set it to my login password).

Night Romantic gravatar imageNight Romantic ( 2019-04-15 08:40:31 -0600 )edit

Now I see it, too. You are absolutely right, I can read keyring. It has nothing to do with the login into a user's session.

stonedrebel gravatar imagestonedrebel ( 2019-04-16 15:43:29 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-04-12 08:20:22 -0600

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That sounds like a bug then and I would report it.

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