Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Introducing Miranda: Miranda Asks for a Password at Startup

In preparation for a talk I'm giving at DOSUG I'm going to post my thoughts as they develop.  At this point, I'm filling in gaps, so things might jump around a bit.

Passwords present a bit of a problem for the system.  Storing them in a file makes them insecure, but the system needs them to encrypt and decrypt files.  The solution that Miranda uses is if it lacks a password, to ask the user for it as part of its startup routine.

This does require a human being to start the system, but it will hopefully be infrequent enough that it will not be too much of a pain.

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