sudo -A (SUDO_ASKPASS) option apparently causes sudo to lose the timeout (e.g., timestamp_timeout) setting.
I want to use the sudo -A option but I want to retain the default timeout (e.g., 15 minutes on Ubuntu) in a bash script. I want to ask for the user's password securely and in a GUI dialog, but I only want to prompt once for my script (not 50+ times).
Furthermore, I do not want to run my entire script as the root user because I just think that is a bad idea. Furthermore, files created by my script have the wrong ownership in this case.
The sudo -A option would work for me if it retained the default timeout.
From the sudo manual:
Normally, if sudo requires a password, it will read it from the user's terminal. If the ‑A (askpass) option is specified, a (possibly graphical) helper program is executed to read the user's password and output the password to the standard output. If the SUDO_ASKPASS environment variable is set, it specifies the path to the helper program. Otherwise, if /etc/sudo.conf contains a line specifying the askpass program, that value will be used. For example:
# Path to askpass helper program Path askpass /usr/X11R6/bin/ssh-askpass
BTW, kdesudo has this same problem -- it requires the password every time it is called, even if just a second later in the same script.
I'm using Kubuntu 12.04 64 bit.
Here are full working example of all parts of the solution. It consists of a bash script, a "myaskpass" script as suggested here, and a ".desktop" file. The whole things should be 100% GUI (no terminal interaction at all), so the .desktop file is essential (afaik).
$ cat myaskpass.sh #!/bin/bash kdialog --password "Please enter your password: " exit 0 $ cat askpasstest1.desktop #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Comment=SUDO_ASKPASS tester1 Exec=bash /home/user/test/askpasstest1.sh GenericName=SUDO_ASKPASS tester1 Name=SUDO_ASKPASS tester1 NoDisplay=false Path[$e]= StartupNotify=true Terminal=false TerminalOptions= Type=Application Categories=Application;Utility; X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false X-KDE-Username=
And a test script itself. This one will ask for your password twice when using this solution.
#!/bin/bash sudo -k SUDO_ASKPASS="/home/user/test/myaskpass.sh" sudo -A touch filemadeas_askpass1 touch filemadeas_regularuser1 SUDO_ASKPASS="/home/user/test/myaskpass.sh" sudo -A touch filemadeas_askpass2 touch filemadeas_regularuser2 ls -la filemadeas* > /home/user/test/fma.log kdialog --title "Files Created" --textbox /home/user/test/fma.log 640 480 sudo rm filemadeas_* rm fma.log exit 0