Due to the structure of
pass, file- and directory names are not encrypted in
the password store.
pass-tomb provides a convenient solution to put your
password store in a Tomb and then keep your password tree
encrypted when you are not using it.
It uses the same GPG key to encrypt passwords and tomb, therefore you don't need to manage more key or secret. Moreover, you can ask pass-tomb to automatically close your store after a given time.
The new workflow is the following:
- Create a password tomb with
- Create a new tomb and open it in
- Initialise the password store with the same GPG key
- Use tomb as usual
- When finished, close the password tomb:
- To use pass again, you need to open the password tomb:
pass tomb 1.2 - A pass extension that helps to keep the whole tree of password encrypted inside a tomb. Usage: pass tomb [-n] [-t time] [-f] [-p subfolder] gpg-id... Create and initialise a new password tomb Use gpg-id for encryption of both tomb and passwords pass open [subfolder] [-t time] [-f] Open a password tomb pass close [store] Close a password tomb Options: -n, --no-init Do not initialise the password store -t, --timer Close the store after a given time -p, --path Create the store for that specific subfolder -f, --force Force operation (i.e. even if swap is active) -q, --quiet Be quiet -v, --verbose Be verbose -d, --debug Print tomb debug messages --unsafe Speed up tomb creation (for testing only) -V, --version Show version information. -h, --help Print this help message and exit. More information may be found in the pass-tomb(1) man page.
man pass-tomb for more information.
Create a new password tomb
$ pass tomb <gpg-id> (*) Your password tomb has been created and opened in ~/.password-store. (*) Password store initialized for <gpg-id> . Your tomb is: ~/.password.tomb . Your tomb key is: ~/.password.key.tomb . You can now use pass as usual. . When finished, close the password tomb using 'pass close'.
Open a password tomb
$ pass open (*) Your password tomb has been opened in ~/.password-store. . You can now use pass as usual. . When finished, close the password tomb using 'pass close'.
Close a password tomb
$ pass close (*) Your password tomb has been closed. . Your passwords remain present in ~/.password.tomb.
Create a new password tomb and set a timer
$ pass tomb <gpg-id> --timer=1h (*) Your password tomb has been created and opened in ~/.password-store. (*) Password store initialized for <gpg-id> . Your tomb is: ~/.password.tomb . Your tomb key is: ~/.password.key.tomb . You can now use pass as usual. . This password store will be closed in 1h
$ pass open (*) Your password tomb has been opened in ~/.password-store. . You can now use pass as usual. . This password store will be closed in 1h
Open a password store and set a timer
$ pass open --timer=10min (*) Your password tomb has been opened in ~/.password-store. . You can now use pass as usual. . This password store will be closed in 10min
Import existing password repository
In order to use pass-tomb with your existing password repository you can:
- Move your password repository:
mv ~/.password-store ~/.password-store-backup
- Create and open a new password tomb:
pass tomb <gpgid>
- Move all the content of your password repository in the new password tomb:
mv ~/.password-store-backup/ ~/.password-store`
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB: path to
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_FILE: path to the password tomb (default:
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_KEY: path to the password tomb key file (default:
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_SIZE: password tomb size in MB (default:
Multiple password tombs
It is possible to create multiple pass tomb and open them separately. You only need to set the tomb file, key and the password store directory manually using the environment variables:
Create a tomb
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_FILE=<tomb_path> PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_KEY=<key_path> PASSWORD_STORE_DIR=<dir_path> pass tomb <gpgid>
Open/Close a tomb
PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_FILE=<tomb_path> PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_KEY=<key_path> PASSWORD_STORE_DIR=<dir_path> pass open PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_FILE=<tomb_path> PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_KEY=<key_path> PASSWORD_STORE_DIR=<dir_path> pass close
If you always need a second password store, you can create a pass alias,
pass2 that will manage the second store with in
alias pass2='PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_FILE=<tomb_path> PASSWORD_STORE_TOMB_KEY=<key_path> PASSWORD_STORE_DIR=<dir_path> pass'
tomb to store your password repository, you can take advantage of the
tomb advanced feature like steganography and private cloud storage. The
tomb website provide a good presentation of the features available with
Tomb. Moreover, you can read my guide on how to use Tomb with GPG keys.
pass-tomb is not compatible with Android, but it should not be an issue for you. If you consider it is safe to put your password-store on Android then, it probably mean you attacker model does not require the need of pass-tomb.
pass 1.7.0or greater.
tomb 2.4or greater.
systemdbased linux distribution is required to use the timer feature.
pass-tomb is available in the Arch User Repository.
yay -S pass-tomb # or your preferred AUR install method
pass-tomb is available in buster and sid repositories with the package-name
pass-extension-tomb according to the tracker:
apt install pass-extension-tomb
nix-env -iA nixos.passExtensions.pass-tomb
pass-tomb is based on dm-crypt and therefore it is not compatible with Mac systems.
git clone https://github.com/roddhjav/pass-tomb/ cd pass-tomb sudo make install
wget https://github.com/roddhjav/pass-tomb/releases/download/v1.2/pass-tomb-1.2.tar.gz tar xzf pass-tomb-1.2.tar.gz cd pass-tomb-1.2 sudo make install
wget https://github.com/roddhjav/pass-tomb/releases/download/v1.2/pass-tomb-1.2.tar.gz.asc gpg --recv-keys 06A26D531D56C42D66805049C5469996F0DF68EC gpg --verify pass-tomb-1.2.tar.gz.asc
Feedback, contributors, pull requests are all very welcome.
Copyright (C) 2017-2019 Alexandre PUJOL This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.