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KWallet is annoying

Posted in kde, opensuse by mschlander on 01/08/2012

This is another post in the common complaints about kde category.

People often complain about KWallet prompting them for the password (too often). So here’s the simplest solution to this:  Simply use an empty password for KWallet, and KWallet will never prompt you for the password again.

Change KWallet Password

If you have already set up KWallet with a non-empty password, here’s how to change it:

1) Run ‘kwalletmanager’ and click on the KWallet icon in the systray – the icon might be hidden so you’ll need to click the little arrow in the systray to show hidden systray icons.

2) Right click on your wallet in the kwalletmanager window and select Change Password

3) Enter an empty password, simply by clicking OK without entering anything.

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  1. unix0 said, on 01/08/2012 at 20:02

    2 thoughts:

    1. This post should come with an explanation as to what happens to encryption when no password is set for a wallet. Is wallet no longer encrypted at that point?

    2. Personally I’ve never been bothered by this issue because I always keep an app open that uses it. Alternatively, you could uncheck the checkbox “close when last application stops using it” so it stays open, and you only have to open it once upon login.

    • mschlander said, on 02/08/2012 at 7:24

      Good points.

      1. The passwords will still be kept encrypted in KWallet, and you will still need to allow applications to have access to KWallet – the only difference is that you won’t be prompted for the password to open KWallet. So there is a small reduction of security, but it’s still better than keeping all the passwords for everything in plaintext on the file system.

      2. Right. Setting this option in the KWallet settings is another way to make KWallet less “obtrusive”, but I didn’t want to confuse people with a lot of details or different options. And even providing the KWallet password once per session is too much for some people.

      • Kreinoee said, on 09/08/2012 at 19:19

        What is used as key for the encryption in this case, the users log in password?

      • mschlander said, on 10/08/2012 at 7:29

        I’m afraid I don’t know enough about the KWallet internals to answer that. But I would guess just the empty password is somehow used, leading to very weak encryption – or maybe they’re actually not encrypted at all and just stored unencrypted in the binary .kwl file. Either way it’s still better than plaintext.

        This post is aimed at users who value convenience over security, and who would happily store all their passwords in plaintext if they could, anyway.

      • Remram said, on 03/05/2015 at 4:55

        This is just wrong, password can be recovered if no passphrase is set (obviously).

  2. Bosstiger said, on 07/09/2012 at 11:39

    Reblogged this on Gigable – Tech Blog.

  3. Benjamín said, on 20/11/2013 at 18:09

    I was interested in this blog because I have a problem with the wireless connectivity. At first my wireless card wasnt being detected so i had to install b43. after that i was able to detect my wireless signal but i cant connect either way. it prompts me with password for kdewallet every single minute and it never really connected, if i didnt prompted the password a error message would appear saying that the connection failed… after i change the password to a black one i still present the same problem. now i have to input the password for the internet server over and over and it never stops configuring the interface of the wlan0. after a while another error messages appears:
    problem connecting to a software origin
    empty destination in URI:
    hd:///?device=/dev/sdb1

    i installed opensuse using a live usb and other trouble ive been having is that for some installations im required to insert the usb, so i thought that perhaps if i had the usb inserted during the configuration of wlna0 i wouldnt be given the error message displayed above, but that didnt helped either…..

    to make the matters worse i dont know much about linux

    any ideas?

  4. alexandra said, on 02/11/2014 at 19:03

    Beautiful

  5. xyzdragon said, on 19/04/2015 at 10:43

    Thanks for this post!
    KDE definitely wasn’t good for my heart yesterday, because NetworkManager kept asking and asking for a Wallet-Password and after that the WLAN-Password. I just wanted to smash KDE to a wall if that was possible.


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