Password management from the command line
Remembrance of Things Pass
The easy-to-use Pass offers password control at the command line. We show you how to set it up and use it.
Password managers have become a standard Linux utility. They are a feature in web browsers, and at least a dozen desktop alternatives are available, ranging from KDE's Wallet  to Gringotts  and KeePassX . In the past few years, online solutions such as LastPass  have also become common solutions.
Unfortunately, most of these alternatives leave users with only the vaguest idea of what they are doing. If you want a password manager that is easy to use and always makes clear what it is doing, you are better off turning to the command line – specifically to Pass , a password manager written by Jason A. Donenfeld that uses existing system resources in its operations.
Pass is available in the repositories of most major distributions. As usual, you can also compile from scratch, but, if you do, take note of the dependencies, especially GnuPG (GPG) , which creates encryption keys, and Password Generator (pwgen) , which generates random passwords that contain random combinations of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Without GnuPG and pwgen, you will be unable to set up Pass, much less actually use it.
Buy this article as PDF
Mozilla’s product think tank sinks silently into history.
TODO group will focus on open source tools in large-scale environments.
New tool will look like GParted but support a wider range of storage technologies.
New public key pinning feature will help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.
Carnegie Mellon researchers say 3 million pages could fall down the phishing hole in the next year.
The US government rolls new best-practice rules for protecting SSH.
Klaus Knopper announces the latest version of his iconic Live Linux system.
All websites that use these popular CMS tools could be vulnerable to denial of service attacks if users don't install the updates.
According to a report, many potential victims of the Heartbleed attack have patched their systems, but few have cleaned up the crime scene to protect themselves from the effects of a previous intrusion.
DARPA and NICTA release the code for the ultra-secure microkernel system used in aerial drones.