policykit-desktop-privileges - run common desktop actions without password

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
Repository Ubuntu Updates Main amd64
Package filename policykit-desktop-privileges_0.20ubuntu18.04.1_all.deb
Package name policykit-desktop-privileges
Package version 0.20ubuntu18.04.1
Package release -
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Category admin
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
Download size 3.76 KB
Installed size 17.00 KB
This package provides a set of PolicyKit privileges which allow Administrators
to run common actions without being asked for their password:
* mounting and checking internal disk drives (through udisks)
* setting the CPU speed and policy (through the GNOME CPU frequency applet)
* setting the time and timezone (through the GNOME clock applet or through
* Adding/changing system-wide NetworkManager connections
* Update already installed software
* Configure printers
It does not change privileges for non-Administrators (users who are not in the
"admin" or "sudo" group). So this satisfies the typical desktop/laptop use
case where the user has full control over the hardware anyway.
This is implemented by shipping a pklocalauthority(8) file.


Package Version Architecture Repository
policykit-desktop-privileges_0.20ubuntu18.04.1_all.deb 0.20ubuntu18.04.1 all Ubuntu Updates Main
policykit-desktop-privileges_0.20_all.deb 0.20 all Ubuntu Main
policykit-desktop-privileges_0.20_all.deb 0.20 all Ubuntu Main
policykit-desktop-privileges - - -


Type URL
Mirror archive.ubuntu.com
Binary Package policykit-desktop-privileges_0.20ubuntu18.04.1_all.deb
Source Package policykit-desktop-privileges

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install policykit-desktop-privileges deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install policykit-desktop-privileges




2019-06-18 - Marc Deslauriers <marc.deslauriers@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.20ubuntu18.04.1) bionic-security; urgency=medium
* Don't allow usb-creator to overwrite devices without authentication.
(LP: #1832337)
2015-11-02 - Sebastien Bacher <seb128@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.20) xenial; urgency=medium
* Copy the gnome-control-center hostnamed/localed actions, that's a more
logical place to have those and avoid depending on GNOME components from
other desktops environments (lp: #1512435)
2014-09-25 - Iain Lane <iain.lane@canonical.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.19) utopic; urgency=medium
* Really disable hibernating in logind - some other PK actions now imply
org.freedesktop.login1.hibernate so we need to disable those too.
* Bump S-V to 3.9.6.
2014-09-11 - Martin Wimpress <code@flexion.org>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.18) utopic; urgency=medium
* Add support for MATE desktop CPU freq selector and date/time mechanism.
(LP: #1356326)
2014-02-17 - Sebastien Bacher <seb128@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.17) trusty; urgency=medium
* List the new unity-control-center action as well
2013-10-04 - Evan Dandrea <ev@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.16) saucy; urgency=low
* Allow administrators to change the error reporting settings without
further authentication.
2013-09-26 - Iain Lane <iain.lane@canonical.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.15) saucy; urgency=low
* Add the timedated actions implied by gnome-control-center directly.
We don't install gnome-control-center on phone/tablet images yet want the
equivalent authorisations to control timedated.
2013-04-04 - Martin Pitt <martin.pitt@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.14) raring; urgency=low
* Disable hibernate by default in logind as well.
2013-03-26 - Sebastien Bacher <seb128@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.13) raring; urgency=low
* debian/control: breaks on old gnome-settings-daemon version.
[ Ryan Lortie ]
* Change the authorisation name for datetime control functions since we are
no longer carrying the mechanism in gnome-settings-daemon. (lp: #1153567)
2012-06-13 - Martin Pitt <martin.pitt@ubuntu.com>
policykit-desktop-privileges (0.12) quantal; urgency=low
* Allow local admins to unlock encrypted system drives with udisks2.
(LP: #1007149)

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