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:
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
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.