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How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 11:58 am
by splitloop
Hi,

I was wondering if there was a way to stop being asked to enter my password? I'm asked when I turn on the computer, after a screen saver, and before installing a program. I tryed to do it through gconf-editor, but I cant see "gnome power manager" there..

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:08 pm
by overthetop
Please note that you are asked for a reason. You need to make major system changes as administrator and in Linux you are not administrator by default(for greatly improved security). There are workarounds for this, but it will greatly reduce the security of your system; you have been warned!

Some links to get you started:
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-disabl ... buntu.html
http://askubuntu.com/questions/43969/ho ... first-time

Again, this is very dangerous if you are connected to the Internet. If you store private information on your computer that shouldn't be accessed by strangers please don't do this! There is no support for personal loss as a result of this decision.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 1:06 pm
by splitloop
thank you!!!

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 1:10 pm
by Orbmiser
"after a screen saver,"
That is safe enough and there is a setting to turn off password for screensaver.
Depending on distro used should show up in desktop settings>screensaver

Also can set the system to auto-log on when booting up.
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Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 6:34 am
by Spec-chum
Interesting. My GF found it annoying to keep inputting her password.

I do have a quick question tho.

Is it just unsafe when other users are on your box? So, if I'm the only user on my desktop box a password isn't really needed anyway?

What I mean is, are there any external threats I'd need to be aware of if I disable passwords.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 11:38 am
by Spearmint2
splitloop wrote:Hi,

I was wondering if there was a way to stop being asked to enter my password? I'm asked when I turn on the computer, after a screen saver, and before installing a program. I tryed to do it through gconf-editor, but I cant see "gnome power manager" there..
use a simple password, even if called 'weak' by Mint, then you won't mind it so much.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 8:10 pm
by overthetop
Spec-chum wrote:...are there any external threats I'd need to be aware of if I disable passwords.
If you are connected to the Internet, remote exploits will become much easier for malicious crackers. By disabling your sudo password, you will be greatly reducing the security of your system. Do not do this if you store anything important, such as e-wallets, on your computer.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 3:15 pm
by marmistrz
And if the user is not a sudoer? Is it dangerous as well then?

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 7:35 pm
by rodrigs
Spearmint2 wrote:
splitloop wrote:Hi,

I was wondering if there was a way to stop being asked to enter my password? I'm asked when I turn on the computer, after a screen saver, and before installing a program. I tryed to do it through gconf-editor, but I cant see "gnome power manager" there..
use a simple password, even if called 'weak' by Mint, then you won't mind it so much.
Doesn't it become equally fragile if the password is small and non-randomized? What's the point of the password?

I just started on Linux (Mint) today and turning off the password was fast made a priority. And that's how I found this thread.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 4:46 pm
by Spearmint2
marmistrz wrote:And if the user is not a sudoer? Is it dangerous as well then?
Probably not, so long as also not an Administrator. I have a Guest account setup on my computer and no password required, but it's also severly restricted in what I've allowed it to do and use.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 4:49 pm
by Spearmint2
rodrigs wrote: Doesn't it become equally fragile if the password is small and non-randomized? What's the point of the password?
I just started on Linux (Mint) today and turning off the password was fast made a priority. And that's how I found this thread.
Point of password is same as for any software, to restrict use to that particular user. If you want the password prompts off, then create a user that is limited in what it can do, what groups it belongs to and instead of a password when you try to do something not allowed you will get a notice about your lack of authority for that and a warning the attempt has been logged, for the Administrator of course. Don't blame Linux if it backfires on you.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:00 pm
by Pjotr
Do *NOT* disable the password. Under *no* circumstances whatsoever. :shock:

Learn the healthy way to work with Linux; don't try to turn it into a security-deficient clone of Windows.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:19 pm
by Habitual
rodrigs wrote:...turning off the password was fast made a priority.
If you persist in using Linux today the same way you used Windows yesterday, you'll be back on Windows tomorrow.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 2:12 pm
by rodrigs
I'm getting used to it already. Thanks for sharing all the inputs from your experience. I surely never found the same welcoming in Windows.

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:12 pm
by jrw32982
Obviously you need to be very careful when using this, but it makes sense in many scenarios (e.g. a Linux Mint VM).

This is from http://askubuntu.com/questions/98006/

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/nopasswd.pkla
[No password prompt]
Identity=unix-group:sudo
Action=*
ResultActive=yes
EOF

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:34 am
by karlchen
<apology on>
Removed my own snarky remark. Should never have submitted it. Unlocked thread again. Should not have locked the thread.
</apology off>

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:12 am
by ALbin75
Orbmiser wrote:
"after a screen saver,"
That is safe enough and there is a setting to turn off password for screensaver.
Depending on distro used should show up in desktop settings>screensaver

Also can set the system to auto-log on when booting up.
.
Thanks. screensaver was all I needed. :)

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:23 pm
by mattzab
Pjotr wrote:Do *NOT* disable the password. Under *no* circumstances whatsoever. :shock:

Learn the healthy way to work with Linux; don't try to turn it into a security-deficient clone of Windows.
Bad advice. Some of us have a reason for disabling all security prompts. In my case, I'm running Mint in a VM that I'm customizing, and plan to turn into a Live CD with my changes. I want the live user to be able to use anything without password prompts, exactly like how Mint Live sessions currently work. It may be dangerous in most situations, but to suggest that there is not a circumstance at all that this should be done is incorrect and inadequate.

This advice worked for me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrgJ_fNJGJE

I watched the video without sound and at 2X speed, so I can't vouch for what may be said. The advice given did work, and I'm now building my ISO.

Thanks everyone!

Re: How to disable password prompts in Mint 14?

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:04 am
by Pjotr
mattzab wrote:
Pjotr wrote:Do *NOT* disable the password. Under *no* circumstances whatsoever. :shock:

Learn the healthy way to work with Linux; don't try to turn it into a security-deficient clone of Windows.
Bad advice. Some of us have a reason for disabling all security prompts. In my case, I'm running Mint in a VM that I'm customizing, and plan to turn into a Live CD with my changes. I want the live user to be able to use anything without password prompts, exactly like how Mint Live sessions currently work. It may be dangerous in most situations, but to suggest that there is not a circumstance at all that this should be done is incorrect and inadequate.
Bad comment. Don't rip my message out of its context.