GNOME Keyring

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GNOME Keyring
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GNOME Keyring Manager 2.12.1
GNOME Keyring Manager 2.12.1
Stable release3.30.2 (31 October 2018; 18 days ago (2018-10-31)[1]) [±]
Preview release3.31.2 (16 November 2018; 2 days ago (2018-11-16)[2]) [±]
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GNOME Keyring is a software application designed to store security credentials such as usernames,[3] passwords,[3] and keys, together with a small amount of relevant metadata. The sensitive data is encrypted and stored in a keyring file in the user's home directory. The default keyring uses the login password for encryption, so users don't need to remember yet another password.[4]

As of 2009, GNOME Keyring was part of the desktop environment in the operating system OpenSolaris.[3]

GNOME Keyring is implemented as a daemon and uses the process name gnome-keyring-daemon. Applications can store and request passwords by using the libgnome-keyring library.

GNOME Keyring is part of the GNOME desktop. As of 2006, it integrated with NetworkManager to store WEP passwords.[5] The email client Geary uses GNOME Keyring to store passwords for email accounts.[6]

In 2009, a statistical study of software packages in the Red Hat GNU/Linux distribution found that packages depending upon GNOME Keyring (and therefore integrated somewhat with the GNOME desktop environment) were less likely to be associated with software vulnerabilities than those with a dependency upon kdelibs (and therefore integrated somewhat with the KDE desktop environment).[7]

On systems where GNOME Keyring is present, software written in Vala can use it to store and retrieve passwords.[8]

GNOME Keyring Manager[edit]

The GNOME Keyring Manager (gnome-keyring-manager) was a user interface for the GNOME Keyring. As of GNOME 2.22, it is deprecated and replaced entirely with Seahorse.[9]

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  1. ^ Jardón, Javier (31 October 2018). "GNOME 3.30.2 RELEASED". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ Catanzaro, Michael (16 November 2018). "GNOME 3.31.2 released". GNOME Mail Services (Mailing list). Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Foxwell, Harry; Tran, Hung (2009). Pro OpenSolaris: A New Open Source OS for Linux Developers and Administrators. Apress. p. 54.
  4. ^ "'gnome-keyring' tag wiki - Ask Ubuntu". Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  5. ^ Oxer, Jonathan; Rankin, Kyle; Childers, Bill (2006). Ubuntu Hacks: Tips & Tools for Exploring, Using, and Tuning Linux. O'Reilly Media. p. 161.
  6. ^ Jain, Manish (2018). Beginning Modern Unix: Learn to Live Comfortably in a Modern Unix Environment. Apress. p. 186.
  7. ^ Neuhaus, Stephan; Zimmermann, Thomas (2009). "The Beauty and the Beast: Vulnerabilities in Red Hat's Packages". USENIX.
  8. ^ Anwari, Mohammad (2013). Gnome 3 Application Development Beginner's Guide. Packt Publishing Ltd.
  9. ^ "GNOME 2.22 Release Notes".

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