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Developer(s)8bit Solutions LLC
Initial releaseAugust 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)
Written inTypeScript and C#
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Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, Android, iOS
Available inMultilingual
TypePassword manager
LicenseGNU GPLv3

Bitwarden is an open-source freemium password management service that stores sensitive information such as website credentials in an encrypted vault. The Bitwarden platform offers a variety of client applications including a web interface, desktop applications, browser extensions, mobile apps, and a CLI.[1] Bitwarden offers a cloud-hosted service as well as the ability to deploy the solution on-premise.[2]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Bitwarden debuted on Hacker News in 2016 and received over 100 comments from users.[3] Some of the comments accused Bitwarden of copying LastPass while others suggested they personally chose to stop using LastPass following the 2015 acquisition of LastPass by LogMeIn, a provider of corporate IT solutions.

Shortly thereafter, Bitwarden's founder and lead developer, Kyle Spearrin, hosted an AMA on Reddit where he answered questions from Reddit users regarding how Bitwarden was built and the growing need for using password managers.[4]

Bitwarden is the first choice for those who want to change the password manager for an open source solution as the article by Daniel Aleksandersen shows.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

In February 2017, the Brave web browser began including the Bitwarden extension as an optional replacement password manager.[6]

In February 2018, Bitwarden debuted as a stand-alone desktop app for macOS, Linux, and Windows. The app was built as web app variant of the browser extension and delivered on top of Electron.[7] The Windows app joined the Bitwarden extension for Microsoft Edge in the Microsoft Store a month later.[8][9]

In June 2018, Cliqz performed a privacy and security review of the Bitwarden for Firefox browser extension and concluded that it wouldn't negatively impact their users. Following the review, Bitwarden was made available as an optional password manager in the Cliqz web browser.[10]

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Open-source codebase[11]
  • Cloud-synchronization
  • Items types such as Logins, Secure Notes, Credit Cards, and Identities
  • Secure sharing of vault items with other Bitwarden users
  • Auto-fill login information into websites and other applications[12]
  • Password generator
  • Two-factor authentication
  • File attachments[13]
  • TOTP key storage and code generator
  • Data breach reports and password exposure checks through Have I Been Pwned?
  • Cross-platform client applications[1]
  • Self-host the Bitwarden server on-premise[2]

Security incidents[edit | edit source]

Bitwarden loaded JavaScript resources from third-parties including scripts from BootstrapCDN, Google, and Stripe inside the web vault. While most of the third-party scripts were protected with Subresource Integrity, others were unconstrained and theoretically could have accessed a user's unencrypted passwords.[14] Bitwarden web vault version 2.0 significantly reduced this risk by removing the third party scripts and is only potentially exploitable by Stripe when viewing payment pages.[15]

A quirk in the implementation of how the Chrome browser extension utilized the web extension storage API made it possible to retrieve the vault's encryption key from the local device.[16] The issue was fixed in Bitwarden version 1.24.2.[16]

See also[edit | edit source]

Others articles of the Topic Cryptography : Bitcoin, Bitcoin Private, Bimil, BoxyCoin, Blockchain, Primecoin, Namecoin
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Open Source Password Management Solutions". Bitwarden. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Installing and deploying". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  3. "Bitwarden on Hacker News". mordocai. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. "Bitwarden Reddit AMA". kspearrin. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. Aleksandersen, Daniel (July 27, 2018). "3 months with Bitwarden". Ctrl Blog. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  6. "Brave Features". Brave Software. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  7. Brinkmann, Martin (March 1, 2018). "Bitwarden Desktop App released". gHacks Tech News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. Stephenson, Brad (April 26, 2018). "Password manager Bitwarden launches in the Microsoft Store". OnMsft. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  9. Thorp-Lancaster, Dan (September 11, 2017). "Bitwarden password manager extension comes to Microsoft Edge". Windows Central. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  10. Greif, Björn (June 6, 2018). "Password manager Bitwarden now available in Cliqz Browser". Cliqz blog. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  11. "Bitwarden on GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  12. "Auto-fill logins using the browser extension". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  13. "Using file attachments". Bitwarden Help Center. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  14. Aleksandersen, Daniel (March 13, 2018). "Why I migrated from LastPass to Bitwarden". Ctrl blog. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  15. Aleksandersen, Daniel (July 27, 2018). "Quick update after 3 months with Bitwarden". Ctrl blog. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Davis, Brandon (January 19, 2018). "An Anecdote". Medium. Retrieved July 27, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Password managers Category:Windows software Category:MacOS software Category:Linux software Category:IOS software Category:Android (operating system) software Category:2016 software Category:Microsoft Edge extensions

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