1. Marcin Kasperski
  2. perl/keyring/pwsafe3


perl/keyring/pwsafe3 / lib / Passwd / Keyring / PWSafe3.pm

package Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3;

use warnings;
use strict;
#use parent 'Keyring';
use Crypt::PWSafe3;
use File::Spec;
use File::Basename;
use Term::ReadKey;              # For secure password prompt
use Carp;

=head1 NAME

Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3 - Password storage based on Password Safe encrypted files

=head1 VERSION

Version 0.20


our $VERSION = '0.20';

our $APP_NAME = "Passwd::Keyring";
our $FOLDER_NAME = "Perl-Passwd-Keyring";


Password Safe implementation of L<Passwd::Keyring>. Passwords are
stored in the Password Safe (L<http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net>)
encrypted file.

This module does not require Password Safe to be installed, and can be
used as generic "store many passwords in file encrypted with single
master password" storage. Password Safe GUI, if installed, may help
the user to review, modify, or delete saved passwords.

Note: actual handling of Password Safe format is based on L<Crypt::PWSafe3>
module. Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3 just wraps it into the interface compatible
with other Passwd::Keyring backends.

    use Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3;

    my $keyring = Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3->new(
         app=>"blahblah scraper",
         group=>"Johnny web scrapers",
         file=>"/home/joe/secrets.pwsafe3",        # HOME / passwd-keyring.pwsafe3 by default
         master_password=>"very secret password",  # Or callback. See ->new docs below

    my $username = "John";  # or get from .ini, or from .argv...

    my $password = $keyring->get_password($username, "blahblah.com");
    unless( $password ) {
        $password = <somehow interactively prompt for password>;

        # securely save password for future use
        $keyring->set_password($username, "blahblah.com");

    login_somewhere_using($username, $password);
    if( password_was_wrong ) {
        $keyring->clear_password($username, "blahblah.com");

Note: see L<Passwd::Keyring::Auto::KeyringAPI> for detailed comments
on keyring method semantics (this document is installed with
C<Passwd::Keyring::Auto> package).

=head1 CAVEATS

Underlying module (L<Crypt::PWSafe3>) in fact rewrites the whole file
on every save (with the complete password list as read on init). This
means that any attempts to use the file paralelly from a few programs,
or from a few objects within one program, are doomed to cause lost
updates. Also, all passwords from the file are kept in (unprotected)
memory while keyring object is active. Therefore, it is recommended to
use separate .psafe3 file for Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3, not mixing it
with possibly used normal Password Safe database, and to keep keyring
object for a short time only, especially if modifications happen.

There are some limitations in L<Crypt::PWSafe3> handling of Password
Safe format. Passwords are read and saved properly and it is possible
to alternate using them from perl, and via Password Safe GUI, but some
less important aspects of the format, like password expiraton policy,
may be ignored. Refer to L<Crypt::PWSafe3> docs for more details.


Group name is mapped to Password Safe folder.

Realm is mapped as password title.

Username and password are ... well, used as username and password.


=head2 new(app=>'app name', group=>'passwords folder', file=>'pwsafe3 file', master_password=>'secret or callback', lazy_save=>1)

Initializes the processing. Croaks if Crypt::PWSafe3 is not installed or
master password is invalid. May create password file if it is missing.

Handled named parameters: 

- app - symbolic application name (used in password notes)

- group - name for the password group (used as folder name)

- file - location of .pwsafe3 file. If not given, C<passwd-keyring.pwsafe3> in user home directory is used. Will be created if does not exist. Note: absolute path is required, relative paths are very error prone.

- master_password - password required to unlock the file. Can be
  specified as string, or as callback returning a string (usually some
  way of interactively asking user for the password).  The callback
  gets two parameters: app and file.

  If this param is missing, module will prompt interactively for this
  password using console prompt.

- lazy_save - if given, asks not to save the file after every change
  (saving is fairly time consuming), but only when $keyring->save
  is called or when keyring is destroyed.

Note: it of course does not make much sense to keep app passwords in encrypted
storage if master password is saved in plain text. The module most natural
usage is to interactively ask for master password (and use it to protect
noticeable number of application-specific passwords).


sub new {
    my ($cls, %args) = @_;

    my $self = {};
    $self->{app} = $args{app} || 'Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3';
    $self->{group} = $args{group} || 'Passwd::Keyring';
    $self->{lazy_save} = $args{lazy_save};
    my $file = $args{file} || File::Spec->catfile($ENV{HOME}, "passwd-keyring.pwsafe3");

    unless(File::Spec->file_name_is_absolute($file)) {
        croak("Absolute path to .pwsafe3 file is required, but relative path '$file' given");
    my $parent_dir = dirname($file);
    unless(-d $parent_dir) {
        croak("Directory $parent_dir (parent directory of file $file) does not exist");

    # TODO: escape group (note that . are used for hierarchy!)
    # TODO: some locking or maybe detect gui

    bless $self;

    my $master = $args{master_password} || \&_prompt_for_password;
    if(ref($master) eq 'CODE') {
        $master = $master->($self->{app}, $file);

    $self->{vault} = Crypt::PWSafe3->new(file=>$file, password=>$master);

    return $self;

    my $self = shift;

sub _prompt_for_password {
    my ($app, $file) = @_;
    print "* The applicaton $app is requesting to access\n";
    print "* the Password Safe file $file\n";
    if (-f $file) {
        print "* Enter master password necessary to unlock this file.\n";
    } else {
        print "* (the file does not exist and will be created on first password save)\n";
        print "* Enter master password which will protect this file.\n";
    while(1) {
        print "  Master password: ";
        ReadMode 'noecho';
        my $password = ReadLine 0; chomp($password);
        ReadMode 'normal';
        print "\n";
        return $password if $password;

# Zwraca rekord dla danych parametrów. Jeśli go nie ma, zwraca undef
sub _find_record {
    my ($self, $username, $realm) = @_;
    my $group = $self->{group};
    foreach my $record($self->{vault}->getrecords()) {
        if( ($record->group || '') eq $group
            && ($record->user || '') eq $username
            && ($record->title || '')  eq $realm) {
            return $record;
    return undef;

=head2 set_password(username, password, realm)

Sets (stores) password identified by given realm for given user 


sub set_password {
    my ($self, $user_name, $user_password, $realm) = @_;

    my $rec = $self->_find_record($user_name, $realm);
    if($rec) {
            passwd => $user_password,
            notes => "Saved by $self->{app}",
    } else {
            group => $self->{group},
            title => $realm,
            user => $user_name,
            passwd => $user_password,
            notes => "Saved by $self->{app}",
    $self->save() unless $self->{lazy_save};

=head2 get_password($user_name, $realm)

Reads previously stored password for given user in given app.
If such password can not be found, returns undef.


sub get_password {
    my ($self, $user_name, $realm) = @_;

    my $rec = $self->_find_record($user_name, $realm);
    if($rec) {
        return $rec->passwd;
    return undef;

=head2 clear_password($user_name, $realm)

Removes given password (if present)


sub clear_password {
    my ($self, $user_name, $realm) = @_;

    my $rec = $self->_find_record($user_name, $realm);
    if($rec) {
        $self->save() unless $self->{lazy_save};
        return 1;
    } else {
        return 0;

=head2 save

Saves unsaved changes, if any are present.

Important only when lazy_save was given in constructor.


sub save {
    my ($self) = @_;
    # Crypt::PWSafe3 internally keeps track of changes presence,
    # and makes this noop if there are no changes. So just call it.

=head2 is_persistent

Returns info, whether this keyring actually saves passwords persistently.

(true in this case)


sub is_persistent {
    my ($self) = @_;
    return 1;

=head1 AUTHOR

Marcin Kasperski

Approach inspired by L<http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=869620>.

=head1 BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to 
issue tracker at L<https://bitbucket.org/Mekk/perl-keyring-pwsafe3>.

=head1 SUPPORT

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Passwd::Keyring::PWSafe3

You can also look for information at:


Source code is tracked at:



Copyright 2012 Marcin Kasperski.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See http://dev.perl.org/licenses/ for more information.


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