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Re: [O] An org password manager

From: Colin Baxter
Subject: Re: [O] An org password manager
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 14:56:58 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)


You can ensure a gpg buffer doesn't leave any traces by using a
minor-mode called "sensitive" which disables backups and auto-save. The code is
available on the Internet, but I'll post it here if anyone is

Best wishes,


> Dear Jorge,
> Neat!! Thanks for providing the details.
> I've been using a somewhat similar approach with a lot less functionality
> for a few years, but as I reported in the org email list, something I find
> unsettling is that if an encrypted buffer is killed right when it is being
> opened (when you just typed the password ---sure, low probability, but not
> zero), part of the contents of the encrypted buffer are left, as plain
> text, in other buffer(s).
> I reported this here
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2011-12/msg00841.html
> and I still experience the problem (I just try it not to happen). Is
> this not affecting you at all? I'd have thought it would, since you are
> also using a timer to kill the buffer, and it could fire right after you
> enter the password.
> Best,
> R.
> On Sun, 11-05-2014, at 07:21, Jorge A. Alfaro-Murillo
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Hi! I have been using org for managing passwords for a some time now. In
>> case someone is interested, the code is in:
>> https://bitbucket.org/alfaromurillo/org-passwords.el
>> To consult the database, the code provides a function to open the Org
>> file with the passwords in Read-Only mode, sets a timer after which the
>> buffer is killed and provides functions for copying the password without
>> it getting into the kill-ring. It also provides two types of functions
>> for generating passwords: strings of random characters, and random words
>> of the correcthorsebatterystaple-type. The README file in bitbucket has
>> detailed information about the usage.
>> If there is interest from the community this can also go to /contrib.
>> Best,
>> Jorge.

Colin Baxter

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