9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2006 7:06 PM by jvanvliet
zerimar3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I finally made the switch to a mac. Great stuff here, and I'm a newbie, so this is really hard to explain/figure out, but maybe someone here can help me out with this.

When I launch Safari, I get a pop up from my keychain saying "MicrosoftIntermediateCertificates" needs your keychain password.

"Oh ****!" I thought, what is this? You can view a screenshot of what I'm talking about here:

So of course, this gets even better. When I go to enter my password, which should be the same as my administrator account password, lo and behold, it says it's the wrong password.

So I go see if I can access my admin account, and I can, then I dash over to keychain access to unlock the mother, and I can't. What gives? Does anyone know what this is all about and what I can do to fix it.

By the way, it not only happens when I launch Safari, it happens when I launch other apps as well. So anybody who can help me out on this will win an all paid vacation to Jamaica first class...okay, I'm kidding, but I would greatly appreciate any help.


Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.3)  
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    A bit more information, please. How many user accounts? What kinds, if more than one? Did you ever set a master password or enable the root user?
  • zerimar3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There's only one user account, which is the admin, and I don't remember setting a master password for keychain. If I did, I tried all the possible ones, and none of them work. Look forward to your reply.

  • daydreamerslife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I sure hope someone comes up with a solution to the keychain/filevault issues... this computer is not responding to my commands.
    I too am the administrator and only user on my new Mac....
    I sure miss my old Performa and OS 9 system...... I am most sorry we were all forced to upgrade to get a new browser that worked....GEESH.
    the pop-ups on my new machine are forever demanding passwords to be given....they drive me crazy .... I want to delete the keychain folder in from utilities, maybe that might help me but I haven't learned to make a back up copy of my hard-drive yet... hopefully I don't do something too stupid trying to get this machine working nicely....
    I've done everything the Help sections tells me to do but to no avail.
    I've tried asking for help on all the Mac forums & so far they repeat all the things I've tried...
    I also read a few techie's posts online stating that the Tiger OX 4. has these issues with some other computers besides ours ....if you learn anything new please share with me.....smile
    BTW I too have MicrosoftIntermediateCertificates listed like this;
    daydreamer's Keychain.keychain ...

    help please.
    does anyone know what that mess is ?
    maybe they are a conspiracy...smile
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    OK. I just checked mine and no password opens the MS intermediate. I don't know where it came from or what it's used for. Like you, I'm the only user. However, I've never gotten a request from Safari for its password. You could do this: launch Keychain Access, select the MIcerts file, click on the File menu, and select delete the keychain. I'm ignoring it. Sorry, I don't have any more info. You might want to visit MS's site and see if you can find anything there.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    Get used to it. Your OS X system won't run without keychains. BTW, you show two keychains: login and Daydreamer's Keychain.keychain, which indicates to me that there are two user accounts or that something's amiss on your system. AFAIK, you should also have a keychain for System and one for X509Anchors.
  • jvanvliet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok guys. I think i figured this out. Not sure, but I think its worth a shot. Ok. Your keychain access password(if you dont know what the crap it is) is actually your short name. If you dont remember that, then go System Preferences-Accounts. It should be listed. I just thought Id put this in for comment!
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    I'm completely confused by your post. I can unlock every keychain on my machine, except the MS intermediate cert, by using my admin user account password: NOT, my user's short name. I really don't know what you're trying to impart here.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)
    BTW, it appears that the MSICert is related to Entourage 2004, which I don't use. See http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.mac.office/search?group=microsof t.public.mac.office&q=certificates&qt_g=1&searchnow=Searchthisgroup for some information.

    Also, the MSICert file resides in ~/Library/Keychains/. You might want to move it out of there, restart, and see if that fixes the problem.
  • jvanvliet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK. Just totally forget I ever posted? Alright? Not mad. just tryin to help. Ive been a mac user since august '05, but this is the 1st time i had this problem. i tried many passwords, and my accounts short name was the one that worked (im not using the mast account. that one is kind of down at the moment). Oh well.