|Oct 30, 2013, 11:46 PM||#1|
Keychain Access on Mavericks
Please bear with me, because I am not much of a tech person like most of you here. I just don't have the time to go to have my computer checked out by anyone for a while, so I thought I might give this a shot. That being said:
Different messages keep popping onto my computer screen and I always have to re-enter passwords for keychain. I'm not just talking about the server password with Mail, but things like:
Mail wants to use the "login" keychain.
Keychain Access wants to use the "login" keychain.
I've had similar things with iMessage, which acts as if things are sending, but when I ask people, they are not sending.
I don't even think there is a complicated issue here, I simply do not know how to make it so that Keychain works automatically without me having to type in passwords into these pop-ups all the time. Thanks!
|Oct 31, 2013, 08:21 AM||#2|
It sounds like your keychain is not unlocking when you log in. Out of the box Mac OS X is configured to sync the keychain password with your login password, the same one you use to install software updates and/or new applications, meaning if your login password is ABC123 then your keychain password will also be ABC123. This is done to avoid the situation you're in now, when both passwords are the same keychain unlocks when you login to your Mac using your password. This can be completely transparent as well if you use auto login, where you power on your Mac and it boots to your desktop without ever asking for a password.
So, why has this happened? Typically when I've seen the login.keychain password go out of sync with your user password it has been a result of a password reset or password change outside of the normal process.
Let's say you forgot your password, after a while you found that you could reset it using the installation media/volume that came with your Mac. Once you reset the password you're able to login, however that reset only affected your user password, it didn't touch your login.keychain password. This is a security feature. If one was able to reset someone's password, and in the process reset the keychain password, then they would be able to both login to the user and access all of the user's passwords and other secure items stored in the keychain. By not allowing a reset of the keychain password the intruder can access your user account but all of your passwords and secure items in keychain are still locked away under heavy encryption.
How do we fix it?
Lets say the login.keychain password already appears to be the same as your user password, the keychain could be damaged. You can run Keychain First Aid on it from the Keychain Access menu. This will verify it and attempt to repair it if needed.
If that doesn't work, you couldn't determine your keychain password or whatnot, you can start fresh with a new login keychain. You'll lose any saved passwords (Mail, wireless networks, Safari saved items, etc) in the process but you can rebuild them by clicking "Save in keychain" whenever you have to fill in a password. To start a new login.keychain you can change the the name of your existing login.keychain to something like "old-login.keychain", which will preserve it in case you later remember the password. If you don't care about preserving it then you can send it to the trash. The login.keychain can be found in ~/Library/Keychains, where ~ is your username. A quick way to find this on newer Macs is to click on Finder, click on the "Go" menu and choose "Go to Folder", then paste in (without quotes) "~/Library/Keychains".
Long winded, I know, but hopefully that helps out!
|Jan 26, 2014, 03:40 AM||#3|
Long winded Mr Rabbit but thorough and much appreciated. The repeated request for passwords is a problem for me using Mavericks (after a clean install) in spite of consistently keeping the identical keychain and system log-in. I went through your steps and changed both, rebooted, using the keychain first aid, and still no go. I reinstalled Mavericks and no change. Any suggestions gratefully received!
|Apr 28, 2014, 06:07 AM||#5|
Keychain password requests
I had the same issue. Tried numerous things to no avail. Eventually found that:
1) Open Keychain Access
2) Select Login keychain
3) From the Edit menu select "Change Settings for Keychain Login"
4) Make sure "Lock after inactivate" is not checked.
I have only just done this myself but it seems to be working. Fingers crossed. But make sure you can actually write to Keychain. Change your password in Mail or something and check it gets written to the keychain item. I had permission issues too.
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