If you’re a Mac user, you may have recently encountered a message that says, “Eapolclient wants to change access permissions of the Config profile certificate item in your keychain. To allow this, enter the “login” keychain password.”
The prompt from Eapolclient usually appears when you connect to public WiFi, such as at the airport, coffee shop, or even at your school.
This message indicates that the network you are attempting to connect to requires a certificate for authentication.
What’s Eapolclient in macOS?
For some secured WiFi networks, a certificate is used to authenticate the user and verify that they have permission to access the network. In your scenario, that is what the Eapoclient is doing.
The Eapoclient message you see on your Mac is simply asking for permission to access the certificate stored in your Apple Keychain.
Once the client authorizes the certificate found in your Keychain Access, your Mac computer will establish a connection to the secure WiFi network.
To sum it all up, there is nothing to be concerned about when you see the Eapolclient prompt on your Mac. It is simply a normal part of connecting to a particular network.
For safety reasons, we recommend you check your Keychain settings regularly so that only trusted applications are allowed.