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Tue, Nov 01, 2005

Mac OS X 10.4.3 and the System keychain

When I updated my iMac G5 to Mac OS X 10.4.3 this morning (using the "Combo" update), I was prompted for the "System" keychain's password after every reboot:

System keychain

Obviously, the system tried to read the Airport password from the keychain - which was absolutely not necessary, as access to Airport was working flawlessly even if you pressed Esc or clicked "Abbrechen" ("Cancel"). And the correct password was hard to guess, since the System keychain's password is usually generated automatically (random).

There is a simple solution to this problem: Just move the file System.keychain from the folder /Library/Keychains to the trash (and drag it from the trash to a safe place, e.g. the desktop, afterwards - just in case). Reboot, enter the correct Airport password in the Network preferences and switch Airport off and on once. There haven't been any annoying alerts since, and removing the keychain doesn't seem to have any negative side effects.

Posted by Thomas Much at 19:09
Edited on: Tue, Nov 01, 2005 19:25
Categories: Apple & Mac OS X