password safes for mac

schism at schism at
Tue Jun 30 12:34:12 EDT 2009

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 11:29:48PM -0700, Jacob Appelbaum wrote:
> This would be great if didn't store your unencrypted
> login and password in memory for your entire session (including screen
> lock, suspend to ram and hibernate).

For what it's worth this only happens at login and doesn't reopen when
unlocking the screen.  I have conditioned myself to lock my keychain
upon login and see no ill effects; there still remains the question of
whether locking a keychain actually does anything to wipe the
credentials from memory.

As an aside, I was wrong about the discontinuation of the SWT
PasswordSafe.  It seems the passwordsafe team split it off as a separate
project, available at  That
said, their latest release doesn't work out of the box on Leopard due to
their bundling a 32-bit version of SWT.

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