I opened my MBP and certainly the system gives the following warning "Cloudd wants to use the "Local items" keychain" and asks me for my keychain-password. After cancelling this warning, it kept coming back, over and over again. After a forced quit and a system reboot the warning was gone.

I never had any idea why my system whould ask for my password at that time, was someone uninvited trying to access my computer? Who or what is Cloudd (double-d)?

Cloudd wants to use the "Local items" keychain

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It's a private framework made by Apple to interface with iCloud documents and files.

It's safe to allow and there's a possibility of keychain corruption if it won't stick (and since you wouldn't normally get that warning unless the automated process to save your iCloud password has hit a bump like having keychain items deleted or expiring)

From https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6684809

Back up all data before proceeding.

Launch the Keychain Access application in any of the following ways:
☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)
☞ In the Finder, select Go ▹ Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.
☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Keychain Access in the icon grid.

Select the login keychain from the list on the left side of the Keychain Access window. If your default keychain has a different name, select that.

If the lock icon in the top left corner of the window shows that the keychain is locked, click to unlock it. You'll be prompted for the keychain password, which is the same as your login password, unless you've changed it.

Right-click or control-click the login entry in the list. From the menu that pops up, select
Change Settings for Keychain "login"

In the sheet that opens, uncheck both boxes, if not already unchecked.
From the menu bar, select
Keychain Access ▹ Preferences ▹ First Aid

If the box marked
Keep login keychain unlocked
is not checked, check it.
Keychain Access ▹ Keychain First Aid
from the menu bar and repair the keychain.

Quit Keychain Access.

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    @CousinCocaine There's an easy way to track running daemons if you want to check where they exist on the filesystem - ps -ef |grep [c]loudd - the [] goes around any one letter to avoid seeing the grep in the process list. In this case, it's part of /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CloudKitDaemon.framework/
    – bmike
    Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 15:27
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    Help, "Keychain First Aid" is not showing up at all, anywhere, in Keychain Access Version 9.0 (55208.30.4)
    – Eddified
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 23:03
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    It's gone, since El Capitan - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/219926/…
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 11, 2017 at 6:54
  • Tried to do that, but Keychain Access is hanging all the time. It's impossible to perform any actions and close it.
    – paus
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 9:04
  • I see no "Keychain First Aid" items in the Keychain Access app in macOS Monterey. Where to find that? Commented Mar 2, 2023 at 4:39

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