How do/could we store secrets in GNOME?

Federico Mena Quintero

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This is a summary of the infrastructure that GNOME provides to store secrets like passwords, SSH and GPG keys, and X.509 certificates.

Our infrastructure is more or less adequate within GNOME, but it interfaces poorly with other pieces of infrastructure that people use, like Firefox, 2-Factor Authentication hardware, and password managers for mobile devices.

We will describe some use cases and some ways in which GNOME could be improved to accomodate cross-platform, cross-device, cross-team password storage.

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