Thinking about moving back to #bitwarden after months of #pass

I enjoy the idea of plaintext files and pure pgp, but
- the hassle of setting up a new computer
- the hit-miss integration with Firefox on linux
- the impossible integration with Firefox on windows
- the leaking of metadata through the directory structure

I am just not sure it's worth it anymore. Security is not simply about cryptography. It's also about ease of use. If too complicated, you'll just start working around the system.


@yarmo I can highly recommended to use pass and bitwarden as a combo.

Bitwarden is perfect for web passwords but at the same time subject to browser security. So for passwords that are used frequently and can be easily recovered, perfect match.

Pass on the other hand is perfect for scripts, automation and low frequency secrets like 2FA recovery keys. Also, due to being outside of the browser context it's also ideal for high security passwords especially when using smartcards.

@yarmo I actually elaborated on the topic a while ago:

Just in case you didn't read already ^^ but above is the TL;DR :D

@sheogorath @yarmo hey guys, looking for a password manager, too, here & the joint approach sounds nice. Could you post a link to pass? Not exactly the easiest thing to google...

@srs @yarmo

It's written in Bash and uses GnuPG and git to manage passwords and logins. There are various extensions and implementations of it.

@sheogorath @srs @yarmo nice discussion. and that is a nice blog post too. i use pass and it's great for me and enough. except when sharing credentials with other people and groups. have tried to look into selfhosting (cloud is for me an absolute no-go) bitwarden for that but it's pretty involved. had big hopes for bitwarden_rs but it depends on docker for building the debian package (c'mon... wtf).

@jerger @yarmo since when it pass unmaintained? :blobfoxeyes: last commit 32 hours ago.

Gopass is as far as I know a re-implementation of pass in go with some goodies. Funnily enough, I trust pass written in bash more than gopass written in go :D

Note that gopass is incompatible to pass and the maintainers are ignorant about bug reports.
@sheogorath @yarmo

@musicmatze @sheogorath @yarmo

Can't confirm. We use both gopass and pass in a very spread and automated environment. Core functions are compatible atmo.

Our bugreports and PRs are handled very nice, discussion around was friendly and fast.

What's your problem in detail?

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