View Full Version : disguised keychain passwords

3rd April 2008, 08:56 AM
An organization I occasionally work for has given me access to their wireless network, so that I can access emails when I'm on their premises.
Their IT bloke added a password to my keychain. When I go to this item and check the 'show password' box, the password is shown as a series of asterisks.
How did he do this?
(I should add that I'm not interested in knowing the password- I already have access to the network. Nor would I pass it on to anyone else. I simply would like to know how the was able to do this.)

3rd April 2008, 09:36 AM
is it possible that the asterisks ARE the password?

3rd April 2008, 09:56 AM
is it possible that the asterisks ARE the password?
No, I doubt it very much. They're very keen on security.

3rd April 2008, 09:59 AM
The way the keychain works is this:

It stores a bunch of passwords and logins to various sites and applications etc.

You never need to OPEN keychain and look for these passwords.

What happens is, you go to the protected site, or application, and a pop up dialog comes up saying "This applictation is requesting access to keychain" or something similar.

At this point you click Allow, or Allow Always, and you may need to type in YOUR users password to authenticate this.

Then keychain automatically digs up the required password and passes it to the application.

3rd April 2008, 10:01 AM
Is it in the same keychain or did he create a new keychain for it?