One Hundred Paper Cuts -- the first ten

Scott James Remnant scott at
Fri Jun 19 15:49:32 BST 2009

On Fri, 2009-06-19 at 08:58 -0500, David Siegel wrote:

> >> Wifi auto-connection asks for keyring password
> >>
> >>     
> >
> > This issue is pretty hard to get right, and thus I think it really
> > disqualifies as a paper cut. I commented on the bug and subscribed
> > Alex and Seb for further input. Your input from design POV heavily
> > appreciated as well.
> >
> I feared that this one in particular would be too difficult to fix 
> completely, but what about ensuring that the password prompt has a "save 
> password for future use" checkbox, so the password only has to be 
> entered once per encrypted wifi network?
Ah, a misunderstanding.

This is exactly what already happens, Network Manager saves the network
passphrase for future use.

The problem is that the keyring *into which* it saves that password is
encrypted with your login password as a key.

If you use auto-login, your *keyring* is not yet open.

The passphrase you have to enter is not the network passphrase, it is
your login password - needed to decrypt your keyring.

Otherwise all the saved passwords and passphrases would be trivially
readable :-(

Scott James Remnant
scott at
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