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description:Reset and clear the master password for Thunderbird email
title:Thunderbird password reset

After upgrading from Fedora 10 to Fedora 11, running Thunderbird 3.0b3.

When starting Thunderbird, I was prompted by a dialog box (utility
window) with the text below and titled: Password Required

Please enter the master password for the Software Security Device.

I didn't have a master password, so I just had to cancel. This worked
because after canceling the master password dialog box, Thunderbird
prompted me for my email password as usual. It is only an issue
because I'd have to cancel the master password dialog box everytime I
started Thunderbird. I never, ever allow software to remember my

The solution comes from here:

Here are the steps:

Tools -> Error Console

Paste the text below into "Code:", then click Evaluate.


I was prompted:
If you reset your master password, all your stored web and e-mail
passwords, from data, personal certificates, and private keys will be
forgotteon. Are you sure you want to reset your master password?


Click Reset.

Your password has been reset.

As far as I can tell, my master password was removed and disabled. (It
was not reset which implies that the password was set to some