Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 376691
F8: New Install - Default Keyring locked with unknown password
Last modified: 2015-03-03 17:31:43 EST
Description of problem:
After a new installation, the default keyring is locked with an unknown password
(password is never set by the user). As a result, the user isn't able to store
authentication creds (e.g. WPA passwords).
This was reproduced 3 times on three different machines.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in with a new user
2. Access the keyring manager
3. Alternatively, try to authenticate with a wireless (WPA protected access
point) which causes Network Manager to try to store the password in th keyring
If the key ring hasn't been used before, the user should be prompted to enter a
new password. This is the behavior on F7 and previous releases.
Same problem here.
Installed Fedora 8 from the i386 DVD (clean install), and updated the system.
After reboot I configured a pop account in Evolution and it worked well.
The next day after the gnome login launched Evolution and it continue asking for
the keyring password I never initialized. Tried to type my user password and
leave the password empty but it didn't worked.
I have exactly the same problem on two different machines. In both cases, I did
a fresh install of Fedora 8 and simply copied my old user home directory back to
the new system.
The fix mentioned in bug 344611 works for me:
echo -n default > ~/.gnome2/keyrings/default
When sending mail from Evolution, I am prompted for the password for my SMTP
account, and then I get a dialog box, which says something like (I cannot
copy-and-paste the window, and I cannot get any other window to have keyboard
focus while it is displayed, so I cannot transcribe it exactly):
"The application Evolution (/usr/bin/evolution) wants access to the default
keyring, but it is locked."
When I enter my password and click "OK", I simply get the same dialog box again
and again, until I give up and click "Deny".
I see the following in /var/log/messages:
Dec 28 11:13:01 localhost gnome-keyring-daemon: Credentials byte was not nul
This dialog worked fine for me in Fedora 7, but after I upgraded to Fedora 8
using the "yum" method, I started having this problem. I am supplying the same
password I used in Fedora 7; I don't know why it isn't being accepted.
1.) One problem is that if I intentionally type a bad password, there is no
indication when the dialog box reappears that the problem was that the password
was incorrect. It looks like it is merely asking the same question again. It
would be helpful to print some sort of error message asking the user to check
their spelling or letting them know they are using the wrong password.
2.) The fix mentioned in Comment #3 fixed this problem. I guess this just needs
to be fixed so that this is done automatically by the installation or upgrade
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I tested the Evolution scenario on rawhide with gnome-keyring-2.25.2-2.fc11.x86_64. It seems to be using the file ~/.gnome2/keyrings/login.keyring now, and I had no trouble when saving an SMTP password to the keyring - there were no dialog boxes asking for the keyring password or complaining it was locked. This is with a new user account. So it seems this is either fixed or at least changed so that the previously reported workaround will no longer work.
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