[Bug 41179]

Syrion-com 41179 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sat Aug 24 13:41:08 UTC 2013

(In reply to Justin Dolske [:Dolske] from comment #117)
> Investing time is always a tradeoff. I have a long list of projects to
> dramatically improve Firefox for users, and unfortunately the feature this
> bug about ranks poorly against that list. The number of users using a master
> password and linux is relatively tiny, and there are number hurdles to even
> making this a feature suitable to ship (see Brain's previous posts for a
> few). That's why an add-on is the right route to take.

You made a wrong assumption. This feature is not only for master password users. I don't use it be cause it is stupid. I have a session password on my OS, and I expect it to protect everything else. I don't want to have thousands of passwords to manually keep in a text file or a third party keayring software.
The master password and the lack of native keyring support are 2 reasons leading me to switch to Chrome on all of my non-home or mobile devices.
On my Ubuntu home desktop, I tried to use an encrypted home dir, but FF is using I/O too much, so it was too slow and laggy.
The most secure is my MacBook Pro whose disk is fully encrypted and whose web browser (Chrome) is using keyring.

Using the keyring is exactly what I expect from ANY application, thus
Firefox, that need a secret key to protect data without pissing me off
with one more password. This is a seamless solution for every non-
technical, IT-ignorant user. Those user are not using master password,
so keyring would be a great solution to add protection without
increasing complexity.

I know that there is some technical challenges to add keyring stuff to
FF, but whining is not a solution, and believing there is more important
UX stuff to do before is an error. This is a security concern, perhaps
the #1 security concern in FF. Or if you prefer being troll-flammed by
newpapers (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/07/google-

I have not the C/C++ skills and the FF code base knowledge to help you
so I can only encourage you and critisize reluctant attitudes that are
legions in Mozilla organization (and sometime at a high hierarchy
level... I had a bad experience with Tristant Nitot leading a big French
bank switching from IE6 to IE8 instead of FF).

Please get into the future with implementing the keyring. Future is not
only HTML5/CSS3 and Co.

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