Bypass root permissions

Original post @FadeMind Manjaro Forum

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

WARNING!
ONLY apply the configuration after careful considerations of the possible implications.

DISCLAIMER:
BEWARE OF THE UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS WHICH MAY INFEST YOUR SYSTEM AS YOU HAVE ONLY YOURSELF TO BLAME. ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR SYSTEM - DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO - MALWARE INFECTION - ACCIDENTAL REMOVAL OF SYSTEM FILES OR SYSTEM MALFUNCTION IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Issue

The sudo prompt (GUI and terminal) require you to enter the root password each time.

Main bypass guide

Step 1

Set nano temporary as default editor for visudo and edit sudoers file:

# sudo -i
# export EDITOR=nano
# visudo

Step 2

To set nano as visudo default editor. Create the file

$ sudo nano /etc/sudoers.d/02-visudo-editor

with content

## Set nano as default editor
Defaults env_reset
Defaults editor=/usr/bin/nano, !env_editor

Step 3

Skip password prompt for current user. Create the file

$ sudo nano /etc/sudoers.d/01-skip_auth

Replace user_name with your own username

## Skip password prompt for current user
Defaults:user_name !authenticate

Save the changes.

Changes are applied immediately.

Step 4

Create a new Polkit rule as root in /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/49-nopasswd_global.rules add/change content

/* Allow members of the wheel group to execute any actions
 * without password authentication, similar to "sudo NOPASSWD:"
 */
polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if (subject.isInGroup("wheel")) {
        return polkit.Result.YES;
    }
});

Step 5

Ensure that you are a member of the wheel group:

$groups

If not add yourself

sudo gpasswd -a $USER whell

To apply group change logout and login.

KDE additional bypass guide

This section is intended exclusively for KDE users.

Apply the above guide before this section

Step A

Set sudo as the default tool for kdesu command. Create file ~/.config/kdesurc with content:

[super-user-command]
super-user-command=sudo

Step B

Add to /etc/environment these lines:

KDE_FULL_SESSION=true
KDE_SESSION_VERSION=5

Reboot to apply these settings