[Authentication] Firefox? Re: Secret Storage API specification project

Anders Rundgren anders.rundgren at telia.com
Sun Jul 12 05:51:43 PDT 2009

This is an interesting project.

What's not completely obvious is how this relates (or could relate) to
for example Firefox.

I must confess that I know absolutely nothing about NSS but I assume
that the "soft-token" uses obfuscation and an *optional* password as
the sole protection mechanism.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Leupold" <lemma at confuego.org>

A while ago Stef Walter (GNOME Keyring) and me (KDE Wallet) started to draft a 
common D-BUS API for secret information storage. It's meant to make Keyring- 
and KWallet-like daemons available under a common D-BUS interface and thus 
increase interoperability between GNOME, KDE and other applications having the 
need to securely store passwords and other confidential information.

We just finished a first rough draft of the specification. For gaining 
widespread acceptance and use, we'd like to invite everyone interested to join 
the drafting process which will take place on our mailinglist [1]. This 
encompasses people working on similar systems/daemons as well as application 
developers interested in using such an API.

The current draft is stored inside GNOME Keyring's git repository [2] and 
generated using gtk-doc to generate the API documentation. The current working 
draft is available inside the freedesktop.org wiki [3]. If there's a need for 
it we will move the spec to a repository where collaboration will be easier 
and move the generation to docbook2html.

Please note that the current D-BUS interface name is preliminary and not 
settled upon. It will be decided once the new fd.o specification process has 
been finalized.

To give everyone interested the chance to join the mailinglist beforehand, I'd 
like to start the discussions on Wednesday, 15th of July.

Please forward this mail to members of your communities who might be 
interested in taking part in the drafting process.

Michael Leupold

[1] http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/Authentication
[2] http://git.gnome.org:80/cgit/gnome-keyring/?h=dbus-api
[3] http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/secret-storage-spec

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