What does seahorse do?

Knapp magick.crow at gmail.com
Thu Nov 27 11:14:43 UTC 2008

On Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 11:41 AM, Chris G <cl at isbd.net> wrote:
> Having just changed my login password on my new xubuntu 8.10 system I
> have discovered that there's an application called 'seahorse' lurking
> in the background.
> After changing the password seahorse pops up a window when you log in
> to X demanding that you enter a password - what it's asking for is the
> *old* password which it has stashed away somewhere itself.
> What isn't clear though is what seahorse is for and reading the Help
> is no 'help' at all, it just tells you how to drive the program, which
> is fine in itself but doesn't help me at all in working out what it
> does.
> Can anyone here help?  Does seahorse do the same as ssh-agent?  Does
> it do it 'automagically' when you log in to X using your login password?
> I've found the seahorse home page http://projects.gnome.org/seahorse/index.html
> and that tells me just about nothing.  The best there is (on the
> 'about' page) is:-
> With seahorse you can...
>    * Create and manage PGP keys
>    * Create and manage SSH keys
>    * Publish and retrive keys from key servers
>    * Cache your passphrase so you don't have to keep typing it
>    * Backup your keys and keyring
>    * more...
> It's rather a fundamental security thing to 'just happen' behind your
> back!
> --
> Chris Green


Douglas E Knapp


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