I get a dialog with answer choices "Always allow | Deny | Allow" and text of Safari Security wants to use your confidential information stored in "Safari Extensions List" in your keychain.

What is the purpose of the question?

I need a little help in understanding the source of the question and its intended purpose

  • Shouldn't you just deny a request that doesn't make sense? Are you able to determine why this dialog pops up (it almost always is in response to a user action).
    – bmike
    Jan 14, 2015 at 13:49

1 Answer 1


All your credentials are encrypted and stored using Keychain (e.g. ~/Library/Keychains/). It provides secure storage of your passwords, keys, certificates and other private data.

To prevent unauthorized access to your credentials by 3rd party application, each time when keychain file is accessed, it asks for user permission to access his sensitive data.

If it wouldn't ask you each time, then any application (e.g. Safari plugin) or hacker could access your keychain file and steal all your passwords without your knowledge by a single command.

Read more: Examining Mac OS X User & System Keychains

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