polkitd and accounts-daemon process consuming a large amount of CPU resources on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • (polkitd, dbus-daemon, accounts-daemon) are taking upto 10% CPU each and are seen running always.
    USER      PID    %CPU  %MEM  VSZ-MiB  RSS-MiB  TTY    STAT  START  TIME     COMMAND  
    polkitd   789    9.0   0.0   530      13       ?      Ssl   2018   8066:42  /usr/lib/polkit-1/polkitd --no-debug 
    dbus      772    7.3   0.0   61       4        ?      Ss    2018   6519:31  /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --system --address=systemd: 
    root      791    6.1   0.0   392      8        ?      Ssl   2018   5441:59  /usr/libexec/accounts-daemon 
    root     20591   2.3   0.0   611408  4244      ?      Sl    2018   2083:19  /usr/libexec/gsd-account
  • gnome-settings-daemon account plugin polling accountsservice in a continuous loop.
  • polkitd and accounts-daemon appears to consume more CPU after updating to RHEL 7.4/7.5.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4/7.5
  • polkit-0.112-14.el7.x86_64
  • accountsservice-0.6.45-7.el7.x86_64
  • gnome-settings-daemon-3.26.2-9.el7.x86_64

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