KDE Wallet Manager: Once a wallet is open an application has access to all passwords there?

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at cox.net
Wed Nov 13 15:24:23 GMT 2013

FF posted on Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:47:18 +0100 as excerpted:

> A question about the wallet system that keeps me worried all morning:
> Once an application has gained access to a wallet... it has access to
> all passwords there, right?
> It this is correct, it appears to me that it would be too risky to
> allow different app providers access the passwords used by others... Why
> not let the app access just the "folder" it resquested to create?

Per-wallet access is why it's possible to create multiple wallets, 
allowing you to partition information by wallet and only allow an app 
access to the one with the information for that app.

AFAIK there's a more secure solution (or more convenient way to manage 
multiple wallets/rings at the same security) based on freedesktop.org's 
keyring management standard in kde frameworks five, but it's an API 
change and thus wasn't appropriate for kde4, where the multiple wallets 
solution is the standard way this is managed.

So for now (kde4), setup additional wallets and keep each app's data 
separate in its own wallet, if you're worried about it, but a more 
convenient (and cross-desktop) solution should be available in frameworks 

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
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