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    Default Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    I previously had this issue (never solved) on this desktop computer with openSUSE 12.1. When I first installed that OS, everything worked but at some point I was suddenly unable to open anything from the kickoff menu (like Windows' Start Menu) that required a password. Instead the password box would simply close and nothing would happen (if I entered the wrong password, it would show that error).

    You can see that here: https://forums.opensuse.org/english/...koff-menu.html

    So I created a VirtualBox install on that same computer and installed openSUSE 12.3. Again, everything worked at first but now I'm getting the same issue! Inside VirtualBox!

    The HOST computer info:

    HARDWARE: Acer Aspire X1470-UR30P Specs (A4 series A4-3400 2.7 GHz) - Desktops - CNET Reviews

    Processor (CPU): AMD A4-3400 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
    OS: Linux 3.1.10-1.29-desktop x86_64
    System: openSUSE 12.1 (x86_64)
    KDE: 4.8.5 (4.8.5) "release 522"
    Total memory (RAM): 11.5 GiB
    Free memory: 5.8 GiB (+ 2.8 GiB Caches)
    Free swap: 3.8 GiB

    The GUEST computer info:
    OS: Linux 3.7.10-1.16-desktop x86_64
    System: openSUSE 12.3 (x86_64)
    KDE: 4.10.5 "release 1"

    What could be happening? Is it this computer's hardware?

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    I doubt a hardware problem since you see the same in a VM so it must be some configuration you are setting or program you are installing. So far no one else is reporting this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    I doubt a hardware problem since you see the same in a VM so it must be some configuration you are setting or program you are installing. So far no one else is reporting this.
    I didn't install anything in the virtualbox version. I simply installed it and then did a "zypper up"

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    I think I finally found the answer!!!

    New: kdesu crashes when root password contains the character " - opensuse-bugs.opensuse.org - ArchiveOrange

    kdesu crashes when root password contains the character "
    My passwords both have a quote character in them! Could this be the issue? What's the fix (is there one aside from changing the password)?

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    THAT DID IT!!! I removed the quote character from the password and now I can launch root items from the kickoff menu! This has been a headache for two years but now it's "solved". BIG thanks to Anthony Accioly who reported the bug!

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    On 2013-12-05 08:26, 6tr6tr wrote:
    >
    > 6tr6tr;2605388 Wrote:
    >> I think I finally found the answer!!!
    >>
    >> 'New: kdesu crashes when root password contains the character \" -
    >> opensuse-bugs.opensuse.org - ArchiveOrange'
    >> (http://web.archiveorange.com/archive...VxjALyygyaeoWg)
    >>

    >
    > THAT DID IT!!! I removed the quote character from the password and now I
    > can launch root items from the kickoff menu! This has been a headache
    > for two years but now it's "solved". BIG thanks to Anthony Accioly who
    > reported the bug!


    Interesting.

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    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2013-12-05 08:26, 6tr6tr wrote:
    >> 6tr6tr;2605388 Wrote:
    >>> I think I finally found the answer!!!
    >>>
    >>> 'New: kdesu crashes when root password contains the character \" -
    >>> opensuse-bugs.opensuse.org - ArchiveOrange'
    >>> (http://web.archiveorange.com/archive...VxjALyygyaeoWg)
    >>>

    >> THAT DID IT!!! I removed the quote character from the password and now I
    >> can launch root items from the kickoff menu! This has been a headache
    >> for two years but now it's "solved". BIG thanks to Anthony Accioly who
    >> reported the bug!

    >
    > Interesting.


    The bug is actually:

    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=837959

    I'm not too familiar with how the bugzilla works, but that bug is
    against 12.3 and has a status of New. Does something need to be done to
    it to get the bug fixed?

    The bug is presumably a bit of sloppy script writing that doesn't allow
    arbitrary characters in passwords. I remember when novell insisted on
    7-bit ASCII only, but even that would have allowed a double-quote character!

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    On 2013-12-05 11:58, Dave Howorth wrote:

    > The bug is actually:
    >
    > https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=837959
    >
    > I'm not too familiar with how the bugzilla works, but that bug is
    > against 12.3 and has a status of New. Does something need to be done to
    > it to get the bug fixed?


    Add me too's. :-)

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Unable to open anything that requires root password from GUI!

    Quote Originally Posted by djh-novell View Post
    Carlos E. R. wrote:
    > On 2013-12-05 08:26, 6tr6tr wrote:
    >> 6tr6tr;2605388 Wrote:
    >>> I think I finally found the answer!!!
    >>>
    >>> 'New: kdesu crashes when root password contains the character \" -
    >>> opensuse-bugs.opensuse.org - ArchiveOrange'
    >>> (New: kdesu crashes when root password contains the character " - opensuse-bugs.opensuse.org - ArchiveOrange)
    >>>

    >> THAT DID IT!!! I removed the quote character from the password and now I
    >> can launch root items from the kickoff menu! This has been a headache
    >> for two years but now it's "solved". BIG thanks to Anthony Accioly who
    >> reported the bug!

    >
    > Interesting.


    The bug is actually:

    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=837959

    I'm not too familiar with how the bugzilla works, but that bug is
    against 12.3 and has a status of New. Does something need to be done to
    it to get the bug fixed?

    The bug is presumably a bit of sloppy script writing that doesn't allow
    arbitrary characters in passwords. I remember when novell insisted on
    7-bit ASCII only, but even that would have allowed a double-quote character!
    It seems to me to be a possible exploit waiting to happen. The input should have been sanitized, but it appears not to be.

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