Why Adobe wants to use the local items keychain?

New Here ,
Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

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Hi,

 

I work on a Mac and received a message from the OS that says "Creative Cloud helper wants to use the local items keychain".

 

It turns out that the local items keychain contains many passwords, that can be synced with iCloud. In my understanding, granting access would allow Adobe to read a lot of passwords that have nothing to do with Adobe products.

 

So, my question is: why Adobe wants access to all my passwords?

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New Here , Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

Nevermind, it turns out that a Mac app can only access its own items in the keychain. I wish this information was more visible, or the prompt was more clear. For anyone who's interested, here's the reference from the Apple docs: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/security/1398306-secitemcopymatching

 

When you use Xcode to create an application, Xcode adds an application-identifier entitlement to the application bundle. Keychain Services uses this entitlement to grant the application access

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Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

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Nevermind, it turns out that a Mac app can only access its own items in the keychain. I wish this information was more visible, or the prompt was more clear. For anyone who's interested, here's the reference from the Apple docs: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/security/1398306-secitemcopymatching

 

When you use Xcode to create an application, Xcode adds an application-identifier entitlement to the application bundle. Keychain Services uses this entitlement to grant the application access to its own keychain items.

 

 

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Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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This seems to happen if you quit the Creative Cloud app from the top menu bar tool icon.  Apparently not all the CC processes exit.  This helper process must normally request access from the Creative Cloud app, which caches access when you boot the system or restart that program.  I'd guess that when it fails to get the credential from the CC app, it defaults to prompting the user.

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Aug 17, 2022 Aug 17, 2022

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I'm getting all these Keychain pop ups. Was wondering if Adobe, itself wants access? Don't like that idea. Eitherway, I'm trying to stop all the keychain popups.

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