MacBook Pro :: Unable To Access Lost Keychain / Keychain Cannot Be Found For Safari
Jun 29, 2009
I'm sure this is a very basic question, but having just made the Mac switch a week ago...I am lost. when I did a forum search, I found out how to access keychains, but I'm not sure if I found something particular to my question- please forgive me if I overlooked something.
I was downloading microsoft software last night and all of a sudden I began getting these little pop-ups that say "A keychain cannot be found for safari" with the option to cancel or reset to default.
Safari keeps giving me popup windows saying a keychain can't be found. It's only just started doing this but it's really annoying. Could it have anything to do with the fact I installed a new flash player? That's the only difference I can think of.Also on another computer it keeps asking for a password to access the keychain. It only does this on one user account though. Any assistance is gladly accepted!
I've never used OSX before about a week ago, but I am picking up on it well (I've used GNU/Linux for almost ten years so I know my way around an operating system). But I don't really think keychain access is working as it should...It's hard to explain. I mean, the way I understand it, shouldn't it be saving the passwords I type into Safari and auto-filling them? Because it only auto-fills some passwords. Paypal autofills, but my bank's website doesn't, and even this forum doesn't autofill. I have to type in my password every time I visit.
Is this working as intended? Is there a way I can get Safari or Keychain to fill in all passwords for me automatically? This is leopard on an iMac G5 iSight model. I did a fresh install like a week ago. Sorry if my question is vague but that's the best I can do with the amount I understand.
I'm struggling to get Autofill and Keychain Access configured to operate in a rational way. Perhaps I don't understand something, but judging from all the discussion in various places, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion on the subject. What I want to do seems pretty logical and straightforward (at least to me) :
When I visit a secure site (say for online banking), I would like to have Safari use Autofill to get the password for his site from my keychain (where it is kept securely encrypted when not in use), and fill in the username and password fields for me. What I do not want is for Safari and Keychain Access to retain that userid and password info indefinitely. For example, I logged in to pay a bill at the airport lounge, and then someone swipes my MacBook, logs in, and transfers all my funds to their bank.
It seems that this was what was happening when I first set up Autofill... each time I went to the secure login page, Safari/Autofill/Keychain Access automatically filled in the userid and pw with no prompts, or request for authentication. This behavior might be OK for a website such as the New York Times, but it's not OK for my online banking account!
After some reading, much of which was conflicting due to various OS and Safari versions involved, and some trial and error and testing, I came up with the following settings:
1. In Safari, I set up Autofill to automatically supply userid's and pw's: At this point, there are no websites listed in the "Edit..." window.
2. Next, I entered the required info (userid, pw, URL) in Keychain Access, and set its Access Control as follows: This, I hoped would require that *each* use of the userid and pw be authenticated.
3. Now for the test: I go to the website, and get a request for authentication: So far, this is what I had hoped for, but immediately after I supply the keychain password, I am prompted for it again as follows (I've blanked the actual name of the website):
I want this to be secure, but entering the same keychain password twice is just annoying. I've tried various combinations and tweaks to configure this to work rationally (i.e. one and only one keychain password entry), but have not been successful. It seems that it will work with *no* authentication required, or with *double* authentication required.
I've had this Macbook pro given to me a year ago and have only recently started to use it. I've had to reset the login password as my friend could not remember the password she had put a year ago. Now I am being asked for the keychain password and it keeps saying wrong password. When I tried to go on to keychain access it wont even open!
I upgraded from Snow Lepord to Lion and now all the passwords I used to have in keychain are gone. I have TimeMachine, but when I try to restore I get an error message: Keychain access can't be modified or deleted because it's required by Mac OS X. All the passwords I used to have stored in there are now gone. how I can get them back?
Info: iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1GB Mem, 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
In Keychain Access, My "Certificates" and "Keys", three out of the four root certificates are marked as: This root certificate is not trusted (in red) com.apple.ubiquity.peer-uuid- times two and one: com.apple.ubiquity.ssl - then five groups of numbers for each. Is this something that should concern me or is it something to do with the problems I am having, Mail - some addresses I use are not sync and have a warning sign! Are these certificates needed to be trusted for mail configuration?
I have an application on my desktop that is attached to a webserver updating account that I need to modify the settings for. Problem is, I've forgotten the password and their 'forgot password' thing isn't responding after a few hours. If I could just reveal the password that's saved on the desktop application then I wouldn't have to mess with it. I looked all though Keychain, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere in there. Back in PC days there were tons of applications that could just reveal what was behind the little dots. After about 20 minutes of searching, it seems that the mac world offers no such convenience. Anyone know some other way around this? I mean, it must be stored somewhere on here. The application is remembering the password.
mail, admin safari all asking for my admin password to access the keychain. I repair and verified the keychain yesterday and all seemed okay, mail asked again this morning and safari was asking without even needing keychain access. Has this update trash their links to the keychain or could this be some kind or Trojan virus.
I recently created a Sparse Disk Image that I've password protected. When I try to open the Disk Image I get a popup window that has the words "Keychain Access" as the window title and the following text below that: "To perform this action you must unlock the keychain. Please enter the keychain password." Now, this is pretty straight forward (obviously). My question is, how do I (once I've unlocked the keychain and opened the Disk Image) immediately lock the keychain again so that if I step away from my computer my keychain isn't still open?
keychain access not loading successfully after last few security updates? I can't seem to launch my keychain anymore and passwords are no longer loading for Safari?I have an MAC 3.2 Ghz Intel Core i3 running 10.6.8 with 12 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3.
Having lost track of how I manage access to stored passwords, I'd like to reset every password stored in my Login Keychain, so that it will always 'Confirm before allowing access" and "Ask for Keychain Password."
Is there anyway to do this in a batch, or must I view/edit each item, one by one.
I'm selling my trusty G4 Powerbook and have a quick question about keychains. I erased my entire drive & reloaded all software. I had to log into my airport express to finish the installation and make sure all my software was as current as could be for the new owner. Somehow my keychain got populated with my password for the airport express and would like to know if I delete it from the keychain access page - is this securly deleted or could the new owner retrive it if he wantd to?
In my keychain access I have the following: com.apple.kerberos.kdc and com.apple.systemdefault both show "This root certificate is not trusted" AND Dashboard Advisory shows "This certificate was signed by an unknown authority." I don't know what the notices mean (beyond the obvious that something is untrusted) nor do I know what to do about it.
I have an old iBook laptop. I want to move my keychain access passwords from that laptop to my desktop. I tried going to file > Export items in keychain, but it's grayed out. I tried about 10 different items and they were ALL grayed out. Is there a master file in the library (or whever) that I can just copy and paste into my desktop's library? I have nothing oin my desktop keychain, so I don't mind replacing it completely.
I had to reset my password through the Install Disc. Upon restarting my Mac, I chose to reset my Keychain Access password. However, it does not seem to have updated, and when I go to Utilities to open Keychain Access, it does not open. I created another admin account, and Keychain Access does not open for that either.
I've always saved my internet passwords in Keychain Access, but I have to send my computer in for repairs and I wouldn't want the technician to have access to important passwords.On the other hand, though, I don't want to get rid of them forever, because I can't really remember all of my passwords.Is there a way to export them so I can temporarily get rid of them and import them back once I get my MacBook back?
I work for a company that has several Macs available for customers' use. These are basically demo-machines that they can play with, and at the end of each day, the machines are wiped and rebooted.
The way we do this is simple: the machines auto-login to the Guest account, which will wipe the account at the end of the day. Well, getting a few new Macs in this week, I simply copied over the entire Guest user account to the new machines to avoid reloading all the demo content, preferences, etc. And truthfully, the machines have been working great.
Except one thing. The computer keeps giving me that annoying message that says "Safari (or Finder, or System Preferences, or anything!) wants to use keychain 'login'". And asks for the login keychain password. Well here's the thing: the Guest accounts don't have passwords!
So I looked up a little bit on this topic, and did things like... Went to "Keychain List" in the Edit menu of Keychain Access, and deleted both the "login" and "system" keychains. No help. I went to Preferences in Keychain Access and said "Reset My Keychain". When doing this, however, it asks for the new password for the login keychain.
The problem with this is that I cannot leave the field blank! The Guest account doesn't have a password, so how am I supposed to not create a password?
I don't remember ever having this problem since Keychain first appeared. About a week ago I changed my login password and now when I attempt to look at any of my Keychain passwords my computer prompts me to enter my Keychain password (which is my OLD login password) rather than allowing me to enter my new administrative login password. I don't want to have to remember two passwords when only a week ago I only ever had to enter my one current administrative password to authorize Keychain Access to allow me to look at any of my numerous passwords in its window pane. How can I get it to only require me to enter my one new/current adminstrative password? I tried "Keychain First Aid" and error messages to appeared stating: Verification Terminated Unexpectedly or Repair Terminated Unexpectedly A reviewer at MacUpdate had the same experience with Keychain First Aid that I did
I am trying to get one password for all of my online passwords. Currently I just use the same password for all of my logins, but I was told that was a terrible idea. I would like to get keychain to create randomized passwords for all of my online logins and then I can simply enter the one keychain password everytime that i need login to something online. So I guess my goal would be for Keychain to act as the middleman, does it have that function?
I'm created a key-pair for use with our developer account and I need to transfer the keys (both public and private) to other development machines. The problem is that although the export of both keys appears to go fine, importing the key back into keychain access fails with a dialong saying "An error has occurred. Unable to import an item." This occurs for both the public and private key exported key files. Also, it happens with other public keys on my keychain and it happens with other users also running 10.7.3.
I am getting the "access to this item is restricted" message when I am attempting to show the password for my keychain items. Normally, I can just enter the password and see the information that is needed, but suddenly all of them are showing this message.
Info: powerbook 2.6 Ghz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM