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obizzle Level 1 Level 1

Hi all


Worryingly a google search for "syncdefaultsd" gets about 4 entries. I get syncdefaultsd, Mail, PhotoStreamAgent all wanting access ot the login keychain. If I say OK, I enter the password, and all is fine for a decent amount of time (maybe til next reboot or 24hrs?). If I say cancel, it'll come up again right away, but another cancel seems to dismiss for, agin, about 24hrs. I assume though, that something which should be syncing is not syncing as a result of me canceling.


Only been happening since I upgraded Lion to iCloud version last week. Any help would be much appreciated.





MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 2011 13" base model
  • jmesberg Level 1 Level 1

    I have no real help for you, but wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I've been getting this exactly as you describe and have found no help online so far. Thanks for posting.



  • brucefromhayward Level 1 Level 1

    I Agree you're not alone. I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard to Lion 10.7.2 in the course of 2 days and have been seeing these ever since. This AM when I got up the fans were blowing full speed on a closed, sleeping MacBook Pro and continued until I answered the dialog box.

  • LMBE Level 1 Level 1

    I've had this just occur and instead of cancelling or accepting i googled it. Worryingly while I had the enter password window open, I couldnt open this page from google. Once i cancelled it I could open this page no problem.


    Several other things have randomly asked for access to the keychain.

  • Leo Raymaekers Level 3 Level 3

    obizzle wrote:


    Hi all


    Worryingly a google search for "syncdefaultsd" gets about 4 entries.


    It's always good to be prudent.

    In this case : "syncdefaultsd" is a part of Lion.

    It is safe to grant syncdefaultsd access to your keychain.

    When you keep getting the pop-op window after clicking OK (for any service/app that is allowed access), try the "Always" button.


    Kind regards,

  • obizzle Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the response.


    Unfortunately I just get the "OK" and "Cancel" options, not "Always". I'll be sure to take a screen grab when it next comes up. Same with PhotoStreamAgent and Mail.


    Do others experiencing the same problem have the "Always" option?


    I'd thought it was iCloud related as it only came in in 10.7.2.


    Thanks for your help.

  • LMBE Level 1 Level 1

    it popped up just as I was reading your reply, no 'always' choice for me either.Screen Shot 2011-10-23 at 09.55.37.png

  • beltwayjim Level 1 Level 1

    Same exact thing here too. No joy on an answer.

  • cobratiger Level 1 Level 1

    And same thing here.  Even when I enter a password nothing happens.  My system then freezes up and I have to reboot. 

  • Leo Raymaekers Level 3 Level 3

    I see, no Always button.


    Then I have no further usefull suggestions exept for the "try this" ones.


    • stop all iCloud (system preferences) services (mail, calendar, contacts,...) and then log-out of iCloud , does the problem stop ?
    • sign-in and one by one select the services until you get the problem again.


    Did you ask Apple tech support ?

  • cobratiger Level 1 Level 1

    UPDATE: I talked with Apple yesterday about this.  They had me:


    • Go to KeyChain Access in "Utilities"
    • Go to Preferences
    • On the General Tab, select the button for "Reset my default keychain"
    • Reboot system


    So far so good, I've not seen the pop up message noted above.


    Good luck!

  • arasa_ca Level 1 Level 1

    Should we back up keychain folder before resetting in order to keep the saved items?

  • Serenak Assassin Level 1 Level 1

    I have had this problem since I enabled iCloud...


    and if the Mac is asleep and I wake it and the requester is up entering the password will cause the Mac to go in to a state where only a hard reset will get you out of it...


    This seems to be a bug affecting the use of iCloud if the keychain is set to lock after inactivity or on sleep. Go to Utilities > Keychain Access, select and unlock the login keychain and then go to Edit > Change settings for Login Keychain. Now turn off Lock after X minutes of inactivity, and disable Lock when sleeping.


    This should fix the problem - Apple need to fix the crash though, I don't mind it asking for the password, and I don't mind if iCloud isn't working if the requester comes up when the Mac is idle or sleeping but not having the request answered shouldn't break the system (which it currently does) and using iCloud shouldn't mean you can't lock your login keychain...


    Anyway hope this at least helps you to stop the problem for now

  • aj4619 Level 1 Level 1

    I have had this problem for the past couple of months too...since the upgrade. Will try this solution now.

  • billcox1962 Level 1 Level 1

    Finally.  Although I have only had my Mac 2 days, I know this isn't what Steve Jobs envisioned as user friendly.  The Keychain thing is driving me crazy.  Thanks for the input here.  When I get done with school finals, I will sit down and try a few of the suggestions above.  Doing things to the keychain worries me.  I feel like its similar to changing the "registry" in my old Windows system .... something I didn't like messing with.  Hopfully, Apple will address the issue with a patch .....

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