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    Keys in notification area prompting change to privileges

    Since reinstalling Ubuntu 9.10 and learning how to get the Notification Area working properly:

    I've noticed an bunch-of-keys icon appearing intermittently in my notification area.

    It appeared about 20 mins ago. I hovered the mouse over it and it generated the following text:

    "Click on the icon to drop all elevated privileges"

    I right-clicked on the icon, thinking I might learn something more about it. But it disappeared. No other messages were given.

    It appeared again about five or ten minutes ago. I did not click on it. But it disappeared of its own accord after a minute or two.

    What is this? Should I have clicked on it? What have I done? How can I get this bunch of keys under my control?

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    Re: Keys in notification area prompting change to privileges

    I don’t know what it’s for, but a similar thing appears in Ubuntu Lucid (except this time it’s a menu rather than a disappearing icon). I’ve reported it as a bug.

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    Re: Keys in notification area prompting change to privileges

    If, in PolicyKit, the authentication mode for an action (i.e. install software or mount a partition) is set to auth_admin_keep or auth_self_keep the authorization is kept for a brief period when PolocyKit doesn't prompt you for a password. You can drop the elevated privilege by clicking the key icon. It's PolicyKit's equivalent of sudo -k.
    Last edited by sisco311; March 28th, 2010 at 11:13 PM.

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    Re: Keys in notification area prompting change to privileges

    Cool. Don't know what you're talking about. But, cool.

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