Mac OS X - Login Keychain

When a Mac is issued to a Faculty or Staff member, the account is created with a default password. This creates a login.keychain file in the User’s Home folder (~/Library/Keychains).

When the User changes their password, the Login Keychain does not get changed. From time to time, the Keychain prompt will appear asking for the Login Keychain. The user can either click Cancel twice or try to enter the correct password twice and fail each time. In either case, the Keychain still permits the task to continue.

To Resolve

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Navigate to ~/Library/Keychains (with ~ being the User’s Home Folder).
  3. Drag login.keychain to the Trash icon in the Dock.
  4. Reboot. Once the user logs in, login.keychain will be recreated with the correct password.