What's 'Keyring'?

Asked by Keith Kimber on 2006-03-27

No such thing as a stupid question they say, so can anyone explain 'Keyring' concept and how it works, in relation to passwords - please?

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Vytas (vytas) said : #1

You can enter passwords for lets say FTP, SFTP sites, and when you work with them via different programs (for example gedit, screem, eog), you wont need to reenter passwords, just 1 password for unlocking your keyring.

Raphaƫl Pinson (raphink) said : #2

The concept of keyring is mostly linked to key pair systems such as PGP/GnuPG keys. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GnuPrivacyGuardHowto about the use of GnuPG on Ubuntu. A keyring is a collection of references to keys that allows to deal safely with ACLs for example.

Matthew Lange (matthewlange) said : #3

A keyring basically stores all your various passwords so that you can use it with just one. I think the email from Vytas gave an excellent example. Mostly, you'll see the keyring as gnome-keyring or kde-keyring, depending on which interface you use.

Keith Kimber (keith-kimber) said : #4

Thank you - that now makes full sense to me.

K+

On 16 May 2006 at 19:06, Matthew Lange wrote:

> Support request #614 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/614
>
> Comment:
> A keyring basically stores all your various passwords so that you can
> use it with just one. I think the email from Vytas gave an excellent
> example. Mostly, you'll see the keyring as gnome-keyring or
> kde-keyring, depending on which interface you use.
>

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Friedrich Hirsch (fhirsh) said : #5

Where do I find the Keyring in Ubuntu 10-04

kaphar (captain-harry) said : #6

I have not found much use for this key ring yet. If I understand the concept, it is something like a master password but different !!!!!!

rx007 (rx007) said : #7

A keyring protects and encrypts your stored passwords for several apps. It alerts you whenever an app tries to use a password associated with an account id you have previously entered.

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