Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

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Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby fromWinToLin » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:18 am

This is a major security concern, and I believe it started happening after the latest updates.

If I lock my screen, then move my mouse, I will return to the desktop session without any password required! Even if I wait a long time, or suspend and resume. This is a big deal! Sometimes it WILL lock properly, and require my password. Other times? Nope! It'll just give me access without any password required. And then sometimes it will just freeze, and I cannot even switch to another TTY to kill the mdm service.

Now I'm too nervous to even use my computer!

Here are my system specs. I believe others are also affected by these recent updates that have broken the LOCK SCREEN:

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Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon


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uname -a:
4.4.0-57-generic #78-Ubuntu SMP Fri Dec 9 23:50:32 UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


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inxi -G
Graphics:  Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0


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Commit Log for Fri Dec 23 09:01:26 2016


Upgraded the following packages:
cinnamon (3.2.6+serena) to 3.2.7+serena
cinnamon-common (3.2.6+serena) to 3.2.7+serena
cinnamon-screensaver (3.2.9+serena) to 3.2.12+serena   <--- DID THIS CAUSE THESE NEW ISSUES?
cinnamon-screensaver-x-plugin (3.2.9+serena) to 3.2.12+serena   <--- DID THIS CAUSE THESE NEW ISSUES?
libcscreensaver0 (3.2.9+serena) to 3.2.12+serena   <--- DID THIS CAUSE THESE NEW ISSUES?
mdm (2.0.16+serena) to 2.0.17+serena
mintbackup (2.2.5) to 2.2.6

Installed the following packages:
cinnamon-screensaver-pam-helper (3.2.12+serena) <--- DID THIS CAUSE THESE NEW ISSUES? (Not an "update". New packaged automatically pulled by the update manager.)


EDIT: I use caps to bring attention to important text that a reader can easily spot and skip over the rest. I would rather not use colors and different font styles. Bold text does not seem to work within "code" quotes.

UPDATE: Link to bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/1652489
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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby xox101 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:31 pm

I can confirm this. Cinnamon 18.1 on Lenovo x200s. Closing the laptop lid sends the laptop off to sleep as per usual but opening the lid again does not present the lock screen, goes straight to desktop instead. Only started doing this today and lock screen settings have not been changed. Same updates as above.

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby MintBean » Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:36 pm

Please raise a bug report ASAP.

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:06 am

MintBean wrote:Please raise a bug report ASAP.


Done.

Link to bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/1652489

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby MintBean » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:13 am

fromWinToLin wrote:
MintBean wrote:Please raise a bug report ASAP.


Done.

Link to bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/1652489
Good work, soldier!

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby Cosmo. » Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:11 am

I fear, that the report will stay there forever without any developer noticing it. The better place is here. Note, that there are already similar issues open.

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:32 am

Cosmo. wrote:I fear, that the report will stay there forever without any developer noticing it. The better place is here. Note, that there are already similar issues open.


I don't have a GitHub account right now, but you're right: looks like there are a few people that reported the same packages! That is a relief. I will try to remember to report it on GitHub next time.

I'm still nervous about all of this, since technically Linux Mint now follows the Ubuntu LTS releases, and to push out an update that introduces a new package to a very critical component of the system seems risky and inappropriate. This is something, in my opinion, that should only be pushed out on the LMDE updates. Furthermore, such updates are marked as "Safe" and "Tested" according to the Mint Update Manager.

I hope the developers take this into consideration. It hits novice users harder than more experienced ones. I had to use the Sys Resc RSEISUB key combination to reboot multiple times recently (gives a chance to sync and unmount properly), due to the freezes caused by locking the screen, in which I could not switch to another TTY or restart the mdm service. A new user is unlikely to know how to proceed if they were suddenly hit by this bug. They wouldn't even realize is was a "safe" update that caused it.

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Re: Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:31 am

An update was just released on the repositories! Check your update manager, use apt, or Synaptic to refresh, download, and install the update! So far so good, as it appears to be working like normal again! :)

I went ahead and rebooted my system after updating, just to make sure.

APT HISTORY:

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Upgraded the following packages:
cinnamon-screensaver (3.2.12+serena) to 3.2.13+serena
cinnamon-screensaver-pam-helper (3.2.12+serena) to 3.2.13+serena
cinnamon-screensaver-x-plugin (3.2.12+serena) to 3.2.13+serena
libcscreensaver0 (3.2.12+serena) to 3.2.13+serena

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Re: [SOLVED] Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby GaryV » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:25 am

It seems I have all those files installed... but my screen lock does not work.... it never locks with the screensaver.

Note, however, that Mint 18 cinamon does work on my laptop with the screensaver lock working... the difference between the laptop and desktop is the chipset... the laptop is an Intel I3, while the Desktop top is an AMD A6-3500 with Radeon HD Graphics. Also installed is a second graphics card, and NVIDIA G84 (GeForce 8400 GS)

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Re: [SOLVED] Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:05 pm

Did you reboot your system since the updates were applied?

Another test is to see if the length of time you wait between locking (or suspending) and resuming makes a difference. Try unlocking immediately. Then next time wait a few minutes to unlock. This isn't a solution, but a way to provide more clues.

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Re: [SOLVED] Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:45 am

Okay, now it seems that even though the screen will prompt for a password, sometimes resuming from suspend will allow access to the desktop for a few seconds, and THEN it will prompt for a password. This is the least secure lock screen I have seen to date. Why can't it just operate like any of the other lock screen methods from GNOME, Xfce, KDE, and so on?

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Re: [SOLVED] Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:57 am

Can anyone confirm if they can bypass the lockscreen when resuming from suspend, even with the latest updates?

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Re: [SOLVED] Lock Screen is making me nervous! Unlocks WITHOUT password

Postby fromWinToLin » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:56 pm

UPDATE: Resuming from suspend still risks freezing the entire system, where only the sysresc keys can force a reboot. Sometimes the display will stay on the lock screen (AKA: cinnamon-screensaver) but not accept any input, and sometimes it will briefly show my desktop before returning the the lock screen. This is with the latest updates. Suspending / locking the screen is very glitchy and risky!

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby rymar » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:43 pm

My system has this problem still. I can resume from suspend without needing a password. I can manually lock it with Ctr, Alt,l then I do get prompted for a password.
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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby fromWinToLin » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:42 am

As of now, latest updates, I still have the random issue where resuming from suspend will allow me to interact with my session for about 5 to 10 seconds before the lock screen kicks in and prompts for a password.

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby fromWinToLin » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:18 am

Well, guess what? On version 3.2.13, I resumed from suspend, and I was never prompted for a password. In fact, as I am writing this comment, I've been using my computer since resuming from suspend... and still no password prompt.

Fully updated Linux Mint 18, cinnamon-screensaver 3.2.13.

Unfortunately, I didn't have it running in debug mode, so I have nothing to copy+paste into here.

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby georgeene » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:49 pm

So, no update as 28/04/17 as to whether there is a resolution around this or whether this is a bug which is being addressed that anyone is aware of?

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby fromWinToLin » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:36 pm

I think the issue is that this bug is random and tricky to diagnose and recreate. I even submitted a debug log on the bug report when I was allowed temporary access after resuming from suspend (without a password prompt). So far, nothing. Not sure how else to approach this.

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby kyphi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:02 am

On my system "Suspend" does not require a password to resume and will do so on mouse movement or any key press.

"Lock Screen" asks for a password to resume and if the "group" icon is activated will open the desktop opening screen which also asks for a password.

In "Screensaver", the setting is the standard cinnamon lock screen (default). The available "Lock settings" are both set to OFF.

It all seems to work as intended.
Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon - 64bit

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Re: Lock screen / suspend is *still* making me nervous: Glitches and freezes

Postby recnes » Mon May 01, 2017 3:47 am

I've got quiet similar problem with awaken computer from suspend and lock screen.

I'm dealing with the repeatedly activated lock screen out of my will. Lock screen some times does partially lock some times complete lock. When complete lock engaged, Also when it's locked I can type my password to unlock the screen bu sometimes It's unlocked it self while I typing a few characters of my password. I took a screen record about that. you can watch it from the link below

PS: Flickering image of the video caused by driver I guess. I'm not noticed with those glitches/screen flicking while I using it. I am realize those glitches/flicks while I watching the recorded video.

https://youtu.be/-Ujllh2tEc4


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