#287 "Remember for n idle minutes" often stores key in memory for arbitrary lengths of time

gpg1.4 (12)

The "remember for n idle minutes" option on the GPG key password is completely broken on OS X, both on Intel and PowerPC (with Tenfourbird). Sometimes it functions as expected, many times, however, a few messages can be sent later with the password/key still clearly cached, hours or even days after the "n minutes" expired, before the password/key will be flushed.

This can also happen through sleep/wake cycles on a laptop.

If never checking the "remember for n idle minutes" box is used as a workaround, the user may be prompted more than once to enter the key password.


  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    This is still present in 1.7.2.

  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    • Found in Version: 1.6.0 --> 1.7.2
  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    • status: open --> fixed
    • Fixed in version: --- --> 1.8.0
  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    Fixed on trunk. Will be available on tomorrows nightly version.

  • Thanks But No

    Thanks But No - 2014-11-02

    THANK YOU! :)

  • Jani Patanen

    Jani Patanen - 2014-11-11

    Fedora 20, mate desktop 1.8.1, thunderbird 31.2,
    enigmail nightly build 1.8a1pre (20141110-0013)

    I can't get enigmail to forget the passwords. Changing the timeout value results to message stating enigmail cannot connect to gpg-agent.
    I've enabled gnome keyring: gpg agent -> no help
    I've enabled MATE keyring: gpg agent (whine gnome gpg agent was disabled) -> no help

    Previously both were disabled and enigmail forgot password as expected.

    entering: gpg-agent to terminal results to:
    gpg-agent: gpg-agent running and available
    ps -aef | grep gpg-agent shows no processes.

    Any hints on what to try next?

  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    what is the output of entering


    on the command line? Does it come up with a "> " prompt? (If yes, you can leave with "exit").

  • Jani Patanen

    Jani Patanen - 2014-11-11

    yes, a prompt came up.

    (btw, exit is not valid command, ctrl-d did the trick :) )

  • Jani Patanen

    Jani Patanen - 2014-11-18

    Just to be sure it's not my own modifications causing the issue, I installed Fedora 20 with Mate desktop to a virtual machine.
    Proceed to install thunderbird and enigmail (nightly build 18-11-2014). Got the same message about not being able to connect to gpg-agent.

  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    • status: fixed --> open
    • Fixed in version: 1.8.0 --> ---
  • Ludwig Hügelschäfer

    Reopened due to this forum thread and individual report.

  • Patrick Brunschwig

    • labels: --> gpg1.4

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