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Apple releases open source tools for password manager developers

June 10, 2020

By: mirabiliscorp

Developers can incorporate known password rules and change password URLs to improve the standard of common platforms

Apple has launched an open source project to give developers of password managers a set of tools to create strong passwords compatible with widely-used websites and platforms. 

Password Manager Resources, published on GitHub, allows developers to integrate website-specific requirements used by the iCloud Keychain password manager to generate strong, unique passwords.

The tools have been released to resolve an issue with many password managers, where the unique and strong passwords generated automatically aren’t necessarily compatible with the websites they are being created for.

Should password managers generate a password that is not compatible with a website’s specific requirements, the fear is that users would abandon the process and generate their own relatively insecure password.

“By sharing resources, all password managers can improve their quality with less work than it’d take for any individual password manager to achieve the same effect,” the project’s readme said.

“By publicly documenting website-specific behaviours, password managers can offer an incentive for websites to use standards or emerging standards to improve their compatibility with password managers; it’s no fun to be called out on a list! By improving the quality of password managers, we improve user trust in them as a concept, which benefits everyone.”

Source: IT PRO

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