[kde-linux] KDE Programs and Passwords

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Sat Oct 27 11:41:02 UTC 2007

On Saturday 27 October 2007, micky wrote:
> Hi,
> it is possible for a Kmail, Korganizer or any another KDE Programm which
> uses Useraccounts that need Passwords from the User, these direct write
> in the Configfile, without the user types these in, e.g. to Call a
> Subfunction or a Programm from KDE and these writes the encrypted
> Password in the Configfile?

KDE programs usually use KWallet, a part of the KDE infrastructure, basically 
a password manager. This way they are stored in a secure file and only have 
to be added once, the programs then request the stored entry.

The wallet is usually protected by its own password, so having only one 
password for unlocking all others, but due to popular request it is also 
possible to have a password-less wallet, i.e. programs will just retrieve 
their passwords without any usre interaction.

Since this basically removes the security part of the wallet, it is not the 
recommended mode of operation.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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