The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Passwords

Posted By on August 9, 2008

Following various vulnerabilities recently in Firefox (which concerns me) and IE (which doesn't, but it might concern you) which allow for the stealing of all saved passwords from your browser, regardless of whether you've set a master password or not, I have decided that it is not safe to store passwords in your browser (and likely never was), because of the potential ability of things to steal them.

Further, there are applications for which one needs to save passwords but are not accessed through a browser. Quite frankly, I'm running out of brain space for all my passwords, and have started to re-use the same ones. This is not good.

Enter Keepassx, which is a *nix port of Keepass. The version in hardy is pretty old, so I've added this PPA to my sources.list which has an updated version. Further, I've managed to import all my saved passwords by exporting them using password exporter fed into a modified version of this script which I have reposted here.

Seems to be working well.

I need to go make pizza for supper now.


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