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While using Fedora 14 (Gnome2), Each time if I was doing some privileged task (ex - mounting a new hard drive), I would be prompted for password and then there would appear an icon (like keys) on the taskbar. By clicking on it, I could exit the elevated priviliges mode.

I do not see any such feature - to exit priviliged mode - in F15/G3.

Is it possible to do so? How?

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If you are running privileged tasks in a terminal, doesn't exit solve your problem? – Rory Alsop Feb 2 '12 at 12:09
@RoryAlsop I am talking about GUI (GNOME3) – check123 Feb 2 '12 at 14:48
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In Fedora15/Gnome 3 when you execute a command which requires elevated privileges, those privileges will remain until the window that required them is closed or until the privilege timeout is reached.

I think this was actually fixed just at the end of Gnome2.

Worth testing to see how long you retain privileges for.

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In GNOME2, one could explicitly close elevated priviliges by clicking on an icon (like password keys) next to the clock. – check123 Feb 2 '12 at 16:05
I know - they decided it wasn't that useful. There was a bug report raised on that one – Rory Alsop Feb 2 '12 at 16:12

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