[kde-linux] KDE Programs and Passwords

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 27 17:14:05 UTC 2007

On Saturday 27 October 2007 12:41:02 Kevin Krammer wrote:
> 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.
It is, however, fairly simple to configure the wallet to require just one 
entry at the beginning of a work session.  Teach the users to log out when 
they leave their desks and you keep the security without the pain of frequent 
password requests.  Does that help?


Registered Linux User No.293302 (http://counter.li.org/)
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