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    Jul 2007
    Kubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Master password for Pidgin

    Pidgin stores you passwords in plain text in ~/.purple/accounts.xml. At home, I am fine with this, but on a computer that is not mine (like at work), I am less comfortable with this. Someone can easily boot into recovery mode while I am away and find my passwords in plain text.

    There is a patch for Gaim at . Attached is a patch for Pidgin.

    In order to use the patch, you will need a couple libraries and development headers.
    sudo apt-get install libnspr4-0d libnss3-0d
    sudo apt-get install libnss-dev libnspr-dev
    Download the source from if you haven't already, and unzip it.
    Download the patch into the same directory and do the following
    tar xf master-password.patch.tar
    patch -p 1 < master-password.patch
    You should be ready to configure, make, and install as normal.
    make && sudo make install
    When you launch pidgin, you will see a new tab in the preferences called "security". You can set a master password there. The link above has screenshots. After configuring, you should notice that the accounts.xml file now has gibberish where there once were passwords. This has been tested on Kubuntu 7.04

    To remove pidgin, run the following from the directory in which you built pidgin:
    make uninstall
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    Last edited by jmazzarelli; July 24th, 2007 at 11:47 PM. Reason: added libraries to install first


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