GPG Services 1.11.4 1013 (0b04f6c) default to store passwords in macOS keychain

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Ho Kay

17 Jun, 2018 03:48 PM

GPG services in 2018.3, now defaults with save in the keychain each time its accessed for encryption (defaults twice as you have to enter the password twice, so if deselected after entering the password the first time, you must do it again else it gets into the keychain. You then have to deselect it again when decrypting the file.

I personally don't want to put passwords in the key chain by default.

This did not happen in the previous stable version 2018.1

  1. 1 Posted by Ho Kay on 17 Jun, 2018 04:25 PM

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    Can't I set the default behavior in the command line?

    I've reverted to version 2017 as it is more convenient to use.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Steve on 17 Jun, 2018 10:04 PM

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    Hi Ho,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    You can set the default to not store OpenPGP password in macOS keychain in System Preferences > GPG Suite Preferences. The settings tab has a password section where you find the option you are looking for.

    Let me know if that did the trick.


  3. 3 Posted by Ho on 19 Jun, 2018 03:11 PM

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    Hi Steve,

    No, when I encrypt and decrypt there is a box with "Show typing" and "Save in keychain"

    The latter is now defaulting to selected ie ticked and I have to untick it every time, ie twice to encrypt and once to decrypt to stop it going into the keychain.
    In previous versions the default was the opposite ie you had to positively want it in the keychain. Both work but 2018.3 is 3 extra clicks for no reason. I assume the logic was swapped prior to compiling inadvertently. If you put passwords in the keychain then is there much point in encrypting files as the security is breached.

    As I have reverted to 2017 I am uploading the way it should work.
    You can check it yourself.


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 20 Jun, 2018 06:27 PM

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    You can define the default in System Preferences > GPG Suite Preferences > Settings > Password.

    Let me know if that works.

    And yes, the password you stored in macOS keychain is protected with your admin password.

    All the best,

  5. 5 Posted by Ho on 21 Jun, 2018 09:04 AM

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    Cheers Steve,
    That worked and I have now resumed the latest version.

    Many thanks

    Ho kay

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Steve on 22 Jun, 2018 10:23 AM

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    Perfect. Glad, this is solved for you. I'm closing this discussion. Should you need further assistance or have questions you can re-open this discussion here or open a new one any time.


  7. Steve closed this discussion on 22 Jun, 2018 10:23 AM.

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