After starting GNOME desktop, a window titled 'pam-panel-icon' appears, initially displayed in the upper-left of the desktop sized as small as possible. It can be resized, minimized, or maximized, but if it is closed it immediately reappears.
There is an old bug report seemingly describing the same behavior with a status of 'CLOSED NOTABUG' filed here.
What is the purpose of this window? How do I make it go away?