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Mozilla FireFox Password Manager

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by DeadMansLife, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. DeadMansLife

    DeadMansLife Senior Member

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    Anyone know how to recover or remove the master password?
     
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    Select Tools > Options..., select the Privacy section, click on Saved Passwords and click the Set Master Password... button.
     

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    DeadMansLife Senior Member

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    My password does not work. I am 100% sure I am using the right PW.
     
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    Poppa Bear Protective G'pa CLM

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    Try this:

    I was using Mozilla und just installed Firefox 1.0. I had the same problem with the master password. I never typed any !! So a lot of time spent to find out. Via Google I found some information and this forum. After some exploring I found the answer (myself)!

    I want the community to know that the problem is big (you can't save any passwords anymore if you don't know the master password) but the solution is simple! What did I do? In fact just one thing:
    1. Close Firefox,
    2. goto your Application Data (C:\Documents and Settings\,yourname>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\default.wa7) and
    3. rename the file key3.db to !key3.db.
    4. Restart Firefox and goto Options-> Saved Passwords and click Change Password. And watch: the current = empty !!!!!!! Just type a new password and that's it.

    I hope this will help Firefox (mostly Mozilla?!?!?) users with this passwordproblem.
     
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    Washington D.C.

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    Firefox : Issues : Master Password Problem
    From MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    This procedure works on Win XP, for what it's worth. I didn't test it on *nix.
    [edit]
    Problem:

    Upon initial installation, Firefox apparently believes it has a non-null Master Password in effect, and the user is unable to change it using..

    Tools->Options->Privacy->Saved Passwords->Change Master Password

    ..because said Master Password is unknown to the user (1) (2).

    Note: This situation may only occur when one imports an existing Mozilla suite profile's passwords at Firefox install time, but I'm not sure.


    [edit]
    Solution:

    Shut down Firefox.


    Rename..

    \Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default\key3.db

    ..to some different name, e.g. key3.db.orig.


    Then, if you want to actually set a Master Password you can use, re-launch Firefox, and use either..

    Tools->Options->Privacy->Saved Passwords->Change Master Password

    ..or the..

    chrome://pippki/content/pref-masterpass.xul (3)

    ..dialog to enter your desired password.


    Otherwise, re-launch Firefox, and the insidious unknown default Master Password ought to now be disabled. Someone please test this.
     
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    From MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    You can change the master password settings at the following chrome URL:

    chrome://pippki/content/pref-masterpass.xul

    Just paste it in your browser.
     
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    DeadMansLife Senior Member

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    Thanks guys. Now to put my PW book in a more secure(read:waterproof) place.