Why am I prompted to enter a master password for a "Software Security Device" in Firebird .7 on Windows 2000?
December 12, 2003 2:26 PM   Subscribe

Using Firebird .7 on Windows 2000 I am frequently prompted to enter a master password for a "Software Security Device". I didn't even know I had a Software Security Device and sure as hell don't know the password for it.

Poking around in the preferences turns up something related in advanced>certificates>manage security devices but I obviously can't change the password without knowing the old one and it will not let me unload the module. Google hasn't turned anything up and a clean install failed to solve the problem.
posted by cedar to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
 
Is it anything like this bug? Or perhaps this one? Your best bet for finding out about problems with Mozilla is always bugzilla.

Also make sure you nuke your profile, not just the browser, when upgrading or reinstalling.
posted by majick at 2:36 PM on December 12, 2003


The software security device (provided you set a master password) encrypts all the passwords you store for the various websites you visit in Firebird. In theory, there would be other security devices for things like biometric scanners and smart card systems, but I don't know if those actually exist.

To get rid of it, follow this link to the hidden master password panel, and choose "Reset Password"
posted by boaz at 3:02 PM on December 12, 2003


I forgot; it doesn't let you click it (for security reasons). You have to copy and paste it into your title bar.
posted by boaz at 3:03 PM on December 12, 2003


Thanks.

majick: Your entirely right, I should have checked Bugzilla first. After following your links I noticed that a patch had been checked in to CVS and downloaded the most recent nightly. All seems to be well and as an added bonus Flash installed and actually works (a first for me and Firebird).

boaz: Thanks for that, it's something that I have saved as I'm sure I'll be needing it again :)
posted by cedar at 3:25 PM on December 12, 2003


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