[kde-linux] KDE Programs and Passwords

micky mouze at gmx.de
Mon Oct 29 17:05:22 UTC 2007

Anne Wilson schrieb:
> 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?
> Anne
Yes, thanks. Now I have another question. It's a matter of the Password
to store, e.g. in de kmailrc, the value from the key "pass=". I've seen
this characters are control characters, it's possible to write this
Characters, also the Password, without typing in the Password over Kmail
or Kwallet, or to clone the mechanism that writes the Password to these

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