The future of gpassman (was Re: gpasman: Intent to file for removal!)
On Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 10:18:37AM -0500, Scott Henson wrote:
> > Mhmm... it would be nice to fix it and turn it into "Debian passwd
> > manager"...
> Unless someone else wants to take this on I will. I was looking for
> something to keep me awake durring my engineering 102 class(they teach
> C, which I already know).
I have been thinking about gpassman lately, I realy like the idea of a
password manager and gpassman has some good ideas, but I don't think
that the current implementation is good. Since this may lead to quite a
code rewrite, I would like to discuss some issues:
o librc2 seams quite unmaintained, I would think about using something
else instead for encryption:
o gpg --symmetric
Or even better, apply a bit of abstraction code so the encryption
backend can easly be changed in the future.
o Letting the user select the algorighm would also be great.
o Making some kind of (per user) password server and an access library
for it would be great.
o You tell the server the master password to unlock the password
database and then any program can query/add/modify passwords
through the library in the lines of ssh-agent
o If we get all programs using the same password manager that
would be a great gain. Instead of having everyone handle
passwords in their own insecure way.
o Making some bonobo component to let other programs manipulate the
o And a curses frontend.
o Allowing for some kind of classification with a CTree or similar
would be great.
Well, I know I am asking for quite a lot, but I thing that a good,
fexible and secure password manager would be something great to have. I
don't say that all should be done right now, but having a clear view of
where gpassman is going could prove usefull; so please comment.
I am willing to help on this, I wouldn't have time to take full
responsbility of gpassman, but I promise to help.
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