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Pass 1.5 Open-Source Password Manager Released

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Published on 13 April 2014 01:39 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Version 1.5 of pass, the aptly named Unix standard password manager, has been released after about eighteen months of development.

Pass 1.5 features a team pass mode, support for different directories having their own .gpg-id, all temporary files are now strictly based in a tmpfs RAM disk, Git changes, new clipboard selection settings, GPGv1 support to complement its GPGv2 support, bug-fixes, and other changes.

Jason Donenfeld announced the 1.5 release yesterday. "This is a massive release, coming around 18 months since our last. We've incorporated tons of fixes and added some nice new features, including the much demanded 'team pass' support, allowing pass to be used with multiple gpg keys in a variety of settings."

Doenfeld also write into Phoronix explaining the new Pass 1.5 release:
It's a bit of a big deal, because in the last year we've really seen its popularity take off and people have started to use it in some interesting contexts. The general simple notion of "a directory tree of gpg files, optionally managed by git" has caught on has a preferable way of managing passwords. The big addition of 1.5 is the ability to use this model in a team setting. Since its inception, pass has had a .gpg-id file in the root directory of the password store, containing the pubkey id to specify for gpg. As a very simple addition, this .gpg-id file can now contain multiple keys on new lines. Further, it can be present in sub-directories to override its parent. These additions are so incredibly simple, borderline trivial, but they really open up pass to uses people have been clamoring for, and I suspect for uses we haven't yet seen. Since insertion uses public keys, you can add a password for a group of folks listed in a particular .gpg-id for a particular sub directory, and then those passwords will only be decrypable by the corresponding private keys which those users have. The other minorly exciting thing is that somebody wrote a firefox plugin, linked in the release notes. Seems like we've got a nice community.
More information on this open-source password store can be found via its project site.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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