[Bug 217300]

2-brian 217300 at bugs.launchpad.net
Mon Aug 5 15:39:37 UTC 2013

(In reply to Jesse Glick from comment #100)
> Agreed that it feels unnatural to have to define a master password when you
> are using the native keyring. But bear in mind that the whole approach of
> continuing to use proprietary password storage, and keeping only a single
> decryption key in the native keyring, is unnatural to users and has the sole
> merit (I presume) of requiring fewer code changes. Proper integration means
> storing all passwords as regular entries in the native (login) keyring,
> where they can be inspected and even edited using standard tools like
> seahorse. This is what Chrome seems to do, and what you would expect any
> polite application to do.

Let's please tone down the rhetoric regarding "proprietary" a little
bit. The Gnome keyring is no less proprietary than any part of Firefox

I am not opposed to Firefox doing what you suggest if it isn't
problematic to do so. But, please explain how a user would switch from
Linux to Windows and bring their passwords with them; then please
explain how a user would switch from Windows to Linux and get their
passwords in the Gnome keystore. Right now a Firefox user can just copy
their profile directory over to the new platform and they're done. With
the "random master password" mechanism, they would have to first change
from the random password to a user-entered password before copying the
profile files over. With the "all passwords stored in the OS keyring
directly" approach...I am not sure; help me understand what would

Also, syncing of passwords across devices is a must-have requirement.
So, any solution for this bug must support Firefox Sync, and must not
complicate the implementation of the upcoming improvements to Firefox

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