# Ubuntu – How to prevent PolicyKit from asking for a password

For years, I've had the following in my sudoers file:

scott   ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL


For those who don't know, this prevents sudo and friends (gksudo, etc.) from asking for a password. However, over the years, more and more stuff that once used sudo has been switched to using PolicyKit.

I'm looking for an equivalent configuration for PolicyKit, such that it'll never ask me for my password.

For those who don't like my request, let me say this: I understand the reasons for the default configuration, and they are sound. I also understand the risks inherent in the configuration I want to make. Nevertheless, it's the way I want to set up my system. Those who don't fully understand the above shouldn't attempt what I'm attempting.

You can trick PolicyKit and suppress ALL password prompts by substituting the action with a wildcard.

DISCLAIMER: The following will suppress ALL password prompts globally for everyone belonging to the admin group, with the exception of the login screen. It is EXTREMELY dangerous and should NEVER be implemented because chances are YOU WILL END UP BREAKING YOUR SYSTEM!!

Don't say you weren't warned!

NOTE: If you are running 12.04 or later, substitute "admin" with "sudo"!

usermod -aG admin username


Switch to root:

sudo -i


Create a new policy:

gedit /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/disable-passwords.pkla


[Do anything you want]