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  How to Set Up Encrypted Mail on Mac OS X
Subject:   A flaw in the keychain process?
Date:   2004-01-28 23:16:49
From:   maximus
Response to: A flaw in the keychain process?

Did you try to set : "Ask for Keychain password" in addition to "Confirm before allowing access"


What happens in what you describe is that Mail *knows* it is still you at the computer so it has no reason to ask again to decrypt unless - I suspect - you set the keychain to ask for the password each time. (that should cover your point 4)


As a measure of security you should lock the keychain again if you leave the computer unattended (if that was ultimately your concern)

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  • A flaw in the keychain process?
    2004-02-25 14:28:42  nxnw [View]

    "As a measure of security you should lock the keychain again if you leave the computer unattended (if that was ultimately your concern)"

    That does not work.

    The original poster is correct. Even if you lock your keychain, a message remains unencrypted (even if you close the message, even if you close the message browser) until you quit mail.

    I think this is a design flaw.