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[Bug 1387303] Re: regression: gnome-keyring components can't be disabled anymore


** Changed in: gnome-keyring (Ubuntu Trusty)
   Importance: Undecided => Wishlist

** Changed in: gnome-keyring (Ubuntu Utopic)
   Importance: Undecided => Wishlist

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  regression: gnome-keyring components can't be disabled anymore

Status in gnome-keyring package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in gnome-keyring source package in Trusty:
  Fix Released
Status in gnome-keyring source package in Utopic:
  Fix Released
Status in gnome-keyring source package in Vivid:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  To disable gnome-keyring ssh agent,
   - disable gnome keyring ssh in startup applications

  To disable gnome-keyring gpg agent,
   - disable gnome keyring gpg in startup applications

  If above are disabled, stock ssh-agent & gpg-agent upstart jobs are
  used instead.

  SRU tests

  By default environment should have SSH & GPG agent variables pointing
  at gnome-keyring provided ones.

  Disabling gpg or ssh gnome keyring desktop files in "Startup
  Applications" upon next login stock gpg/ssh agent's will be used. (No
  gnome-keyring name in the SSH/GPG agent variable values)

  Similarly, disabling upstart jobs for ssh or gpg agent also enables
  stock ssh/gpg agents. (e.g. echo manual > ~/.config/upstart/gnome-


  GNOME Keyring is by default a rather invasive service, which meddles
  with security sensitive processes invasively. This may or may not be
  wise depending on a users situation.

  One particular case is GNOME Keyring's gpg-agent implementation, which
  is incomplete and therefore doesn't support GPG's OpenPGP smartcard
  support. gpg simply fails (with smartcards) when GNOME Keyring is
  impersonating gpg-agent...

  So to be able to use OpenPGP smartcards on Ubuntu, one needs to
  disable GNOME Keyring from impersonating gpg-agent, which for quite
  some time now has been trivial to effectively do:

  echo 'X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=false' >> /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-

  With GNOME Keyring's recent update (3.10.1-1ubuntu4.1) in Trusty, this
  seems to have been broken by the addition of:


  So it seems the /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-keyring files are either
  being ignored, or the started process is supplanted by the process
  started by the upstart session config.

  What is unclear to me is what the upstart session configuration is
  supposed to achieve? And if it is meant to supplant the xdg/autostart
  files, those should probably have been removed to prevent them from
  causing any confusion as to how gnome-keyring is started/managed.

  Presuming the upstart session is meant to stay, I would suggest to
  remove the /etc/xdg/autostart/gnome-keyring-*.desktop files to prevent
  confusion as mentioned above. And in my opinion a mechanism should be
  provided so users can control which gnome-keyring components '--
  components=pkcs11,secrets,ssh,gpg' are activated using some
  configuration file in /etc, as files in /usr aren't meant to be user

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
  Package: gnome-keyring 3.10.1-1ubuntu4.1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-39.66-generic
  Uname: Linux 3.13.0-39-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.5
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Wed Oct 29 18:14:57 2014
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-04-07 (205 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Beta amd64 (20140326)
  SourcePackage: gnome-keyring
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  mtime.conffile..etc.xdg.autostart.gnome.keyring.gpg.desktop: 2014-04-09T19:49:03.884840

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