#67 ✓released

Password being saved for session

Reported by alphaace | June 22nd, 2011 @ 06:25 PM | in 1.7 (closed)

It appears that if you decrypt using "gpg *.gp" in the command prompt and you enter your password (via the gui window that pops up), that password is saved for the remainder of your session and a reboot it is needed to clear it.

The same issue occurs via the gui(right click -> decrypt). Is there a way to clear the password every time? It would be nice if there were a setting somewhere about whether or not to save the password.

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  • Alex (via GPGTools)

    Alex (via GPGTools) June 22nd, 2011 @ 11:52 PM

    • Milestone set to 1.7
    • State changed from “new” to “open”
    • Assigned user set to “ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp)”
    • Importance changed from “High” to “”
  • ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp)

    ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp) June 23rd, 2011 @ 12:57 AM

    • Tag set to gpg-agent, passphrase-saving

    I think this is related to gpg-agent. This process is - like ssh-agent - responsible for saving user passwords for the duration of their session.

    Adding no-use-agent to ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf doesn't seem to work.

    I recommend the workaround descibed in here:

    Add the following lines to ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf

    default-cache-ttl 10
    max-cache-ttl 10

    Pasting the following into Terminal.app and pressing return has the same effect:

    echo -e "default-cache-ttl 10\nmax-cache-ttl 10\nignore-cache-for-signing" >> ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf

    This will set the duration (in seconds) during which gpg-agent will save the passphrase. Also, the last line tells gpg-agent to always ask for a passphrase when signing other gpg-keys.

    You can find out more about these config lines with the command: man gpg-agent

    Please tell me if this fix works for you. (Maybe we should add this to the FAQ)

  • alphaace

    alphaace June 23rd, 2011 @ 01:05 AM

    This did not work. I changed the "10" to "2" because I wanted it shorter and I still get the same problem. Furthermore, I did not have a file "gpg-agent.conf".I thus created the file and pasted those fields in. Please advise, thanks!

  • ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp)

    ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp) August 15th, 2011 @ 06:08 PM

    • Assigned user changed from “ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp)” to “Alex (via GPGTools)”

    This is very strange. I just tried this approach again and everything works fine. (Using 0 for default- and max-cache-ttl)

    I just had to kill gpg-agent (killall gpg-agent) to make it re-read the configuration file.

  • Alex (via GPGTools)

    Alex (via GPGTools) August 15th, 2011 @ 06:12 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “waiting”

    @alphaace can you confirm this? Also see http://www.gpgtools.org/gpgpreferences/index.html

  • Kevin Rector

    Kevin Rector October 7th, 2011 @ 10:41 PM

    echo -e "default-cache-ttl 2\nmax-cache-ttl 2\nignore-cache-for-signing" >> ~/.gnupg/gpg-agent.conf

    Worked for me.

  • Alex (via GPGTools)

    Alex (via GPGTools) October 9th, 2011 @ 02:30 PM

    • State changed from “waiting” to “open”
    • Assigned user changed from “Alex (via GPGTools)” to “ronin-140089 (at lighthouseapp)”

    So should we add this line to gpg-agent?

  • steve

    steve January 29th, 2012 @ 04:42 PM

    • State changed from “open” to “fixed”
    • Importance changed from “” to “”

    Please adjust the caching behavior in the GPGPreferences.


  • steve

    steve August 19th, 2013 @ 10:59 PM

    • Tag cleared.
    • Assigned user cleared.
    • Importance changed from “” to “Low”
  • steve

    steve June 18th, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

    • State changed from “fixed” to “released”

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