On 24.06.19 18:00, mpan wrote:
If you’re using a password manager, you should not care about the password being “too long”. After all it’s not you who type it. Go for 16 or 20 random chars.
If the key is too complicated to remember or to type in manually, then I have to use a password manager which now saves my password to local disk again. Maybe encrypted with a master password.
Then we are back at the starting problem.
If someone can take my private key file, then he can also take my password manager database.
How strong would you make this master password and where to save this one? A second password manager?
I think if really someone takes over control over my PC, then I have to expect the password to be gone, too. I someone is really able to take my private key file, then I think he should also be able to install some kind of key logger.
And I really think that finally someone *has* to come up with some replacement for this password nightmare. Some kind of hardware key maybe.
I could protect the private signing key with an UUID (just call uuidgen on console). This should be pretty hard to crack but is impossible to remember so I would have to keep this written down somewhere and need this piece of paper every time I unlock the key for signing.