KeePass + Cloud Storage = (near) Password Nirvana

Update 2015-09-27: Neato! In June of 2015 the author has applied a mod which allows for KeePassHttp to be served from somewhere other than localhost… there are security implications to be considered here but as long as you know how to cover your bases it opens some nice possibilities to have a single KeepPass instance provide password resolution to multiple clients… e.g. a VM guest, other machines in your home, etc. Not provided in ready to run plgx file yet but following the self compile instructions found in the readme was fairly trivial.

KeePass2 – Password management application

  • 10 years mature
  • Free
  • Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS versions
  • DropBox compatible (Google Drive, etc)
  • Autofill browser plugins
  • Rich text area for notes (e.g. challenge phrases and other reminders)
  • Open source (.Net)

  • Mac (and Linux) can run the Windows.exe via Mono
  • Initially ran native KyPass Companion on the Mac side (~$8). Have since switched back to the free mainstream build (see below)

  • On Android phone using Keepass2Android (free) with solid results

  • Provides special keyboard which facilitates autofill

  • DropBox and other cloud drives well supported (synchronize)
  • Handy yet still secure Quick Unlock feature
  • Consider a good android lock screen as additional layer of protection

I’m glad I finally took the time.  I (forced 😉 my wife to run the Windows version on her desktop and we share the same database file with our financial, healthcare, etc logins. So either of us can get into whatever we need wherever we are. It gives me peace of mind that she would have ready access to those important things in case I was somehow unavailable (knock wood). If you’re putting up with some other convoluted hodge podge as I was, please give this general idea a shot by wading in slowly and see if it makes your life easier as it has for me.

 2013-01-01: My main password file was corrupted

and I couldn’t log in.

  • Turns out I had a wonky entry that kept growing upon subsequent saves. Maybe compression algorithm was backfiring or something like that.
  • The offending entry was under KeePassHttp which just stores the authorized connection for each particular browser, so it was a no brainer to kill and recreate.
  • My kdbx file had grown to 28MB! after deleting it was back down to a measly 16k.
  • KyPass Companion was doing the most recent suspect saves causing massive growth so I can’t help but wonder.

DropBox really shines

  • Thanks to DropBox’s inherent versioning I could readily fallback to a working copy
  • Dropbox also showed the disturbing progression in larger file sizes over short amount of time
  • as well as which client that was driving those suspect saves – KyPass on my Mac
  • really gotta hand it to that product team, top notch stuff

KyPass’s questionable involvement gave me a reason to give the mainline KeePass2 another look…

Banging KeePass2 for OS X into shape

  • Updated from current v2.23 build to the latest official v2.24 build by dropping the latest KeePass.exe from the Windows zip bundle into the Contents/MacOS folder. This is promising; hopefully to never suffer the envy of a more recent build.
  • Contents/MacOS is also where plugins like KeePassHttp.plgx should be dropped.
  • KeePassHttp is working just fine for me running under this mono version.
  • Make sure to disable “Show a notification when credentials are requested” under Tools > KeePassHttp Options. Otherwise both KeePass and browser would freeze upon every login page request.

Nice to have’s in KeePass not currently available in KyPass Companion:

  • Automatic save-on-change (via triggers facility)
  • Autoload of the MRU kdbx file upon launch
  • Synchronization

[SOLVED] Error: “The following plugin is incompatible with the current KeePass version”

  • Running on Mac via mono, turns out lldb is somehow the process forked by mono which hosts the KeePassHttp listener on port 19455
  • In my situation this pesky error was apparently caused by a crashed orphan lldb holding onto the port and blocking subsequent launches of KeePassHttp
  • Simply “KILLALL lldb” from terminal to resolve

Debug notes:

  • mono>debug.txt -v /Applications/KeePass{version}/Contents/MacOS/keepass.exe
  • Noticed SocketException well into the KeePassHttp plugin’s constructors call stack and started to realize the error message was misleading
  • Xamarin Studio will debug the running instance:
  • First, enable debugger break on SocketException: Run > Exceptions > enter SocketException in the search
  • Run > Debug Application > browse to keepass.exe

  • Xamarin Studio will also reverse gen back to C# source (not that we need it in this case but it’s good to know for future) – just create a new project and add the assembly (DLL or EXE) as a reference and click into it to see the readable source conversion of all classes.

Man Cave Bling – Beer Fridge – Koldfront 80 (BBR900BL) by EdgeStar

View larger image of Koldfront 80 Can Built-In Beverage Cooler - Black

  • First one was a dud out of the box. Just didn’t cool at all. EdgeStar support said it was missing coolant. Took them about 2 full weeks to turn around the replacement. They paid all replacement shipping via printed return label. It was a new serial number, not a repair of my old one, and it looked new.
  • I am very satisfied now with this second unit and would definitely recommend it.
  • The look is very nice. The glass is great. The blue light is great.
  • The size is great, very deep. Fit my under-the-bar-cabinet-slot really well. A little shorter than the broken down old “Scotsman” that was in there but nothing a couple 2x4’s didn’t fix.
    • Sure am glad to have found something in a more reasonable price range… I’m sure the Scotsman stuff must last forever but at upwards of $2k, not on my kids’ college budget 🙂
  • Cooling has been spot on for the 2 months I’ve had it so far <knock wood>.
  • The cheapest I was able to find it was from “Ideal Wine Coolers” for $400. Half retail and $100 less than Amazon.
  • Other considerations for this same general form factor are the:
    • “EdgeStar 80” (CBR901SG) for $500 if you’re interested in the stainless steel look, and the
    • “EdgeStar 84” (OBR900SS) for $750 if you want outdoor certified cooling capabilityDSC_0991-50%… they indicate that a unit should be specifically designed to run outdoors or it will burn itself out quickly running non stop… that one would look great next to a hot tub 🙂


Our 4-Hour Body Recipe

Link to Amazon Ferris gets right to his go-to Mexican oriented mix pretty quick into the fat loss section of the book… it’s very quick reading to pick up his basic approach.   Here’s how we’ve taken that and made it our own:

  • Full Size White Onion chopped up (probably any kind of onion will do)
  • Full Size Tomato chopped up
  • Full Green or Red Bell Pepper chopped up
  • Can of Black Beans (pinto and kidney work as well of course… we just really like black beans)
  • Grilled Large Chicken Breast

Those items are all basically on a 1:1 ratio. 5 of each fills our 6 quart “stock pot”, which will last the two of us through a work week. Along with those primary stock items, we also flavor in some diced garlic… I love garlic, I go kind of nuts with it. To spice it up, I do a full 16 oz. jar of Vlasic hot pepper rings (what I call pepperoncini’s)  -AND- a full 12 oz. jar of sliced hot jalapenos… including the juice from both (keep an eye out for corn syrup here)… those give it a fun kick… which should also help manage appetite. I think you’d want the full 5x of everything else to take on those full jars of spiciness… please start out with less until you find your preferred balance. To help freshen up each reheated serving, we melt in some grated cheese (keep it very minimal since this is on the avoid list), then toss on a dollop of sour cream and some avocado slices. Tim gives pointers on what to avoid just as much as what to embrace… pretty much all fruit sugars are on the avoid list, no big surprise. Another is to avoid many things that are white due to flour or starch, which is also a fairly common thread of advice from other dietary sources. It’s nice to load up the digital version of the book and hit the hyperlinks to the references… the weight tracking spreadsheet, etc. Good luck with your goals and have fun! 🙂

Very interesting (old) BBC series by James Burke – tracks the thread of inventions underlying our specialized society
I’ve watched episodes 1-4 so far… 4 is a pretty good one
Simply starting at the beginning seems good too
Make sure you take advantage of the preconfigured playlists — look for “(play all)” — so they queue up and you can watch them straight through w/o having to continually find the next one — which really takes away from the enjoyment after a while
Search for “james burke episode xxx” to dial in on each bundle if you’re not seeing it from the URL I gave above… there appear to be at least up to 20 episodes
(btw: My buddy Joel turned me on to it… he’s full of nifty idears… here’s a gratuitous plug for his vlog site: