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KeePass 2.22 password manager released

If you are a regular reader of this tech blog you know that I'm using the excellent KeePass password manager to manage my passwords and accounts for me. I think we can all agree on the fact that password managers are essential tools on today's Internet as they provide you with functionality that you could not really achieve otherwise. From remembering hundreds of unique and secure passwords to storing information and other data securely in their vault.

KeePass 2.22 was released just an hour ago featuring mainly integration and data exchange advancements and user interface improvements. That is not to say that the developer has not added new features to the program that some new and old users will find helpful.

Support for the import of third party password managers has been improved. KeePass can now import data from SafeWallet 3.0.4 and 3.0.5 XML files, TurboPasswords 5.0.1 CSV files, and improved LastPass CSV and Alle Maine Passworte imports. As far as LastPass is concerned, KeePass supports group trees now.

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The new View > Grouping in Entry List mode offers a new way of sorting account lists in the password manager and the RoboForm HTML importer now converts urls automatically to lower case now.

The majority of changes and improvements found in KeePass 2.22 won't affect the majority of users. Some who start to use the program and have used a different password manager previously may benefit from the new importing options in this version of the application though.

Existing KeePass 2.x users will receive the update notification the next time they open the program. It is still required to go to the official website to download the new version and install it manually though. To update, run the installer once you have downloaded it from the official website or unpack the portable version to the same directory the current version is stored in. It is still a mandatory update in my opinion even though it does not include any security or stability fixes, or enhancements that affect the majority of users of the program. You can check the release notes on this page.





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    Comments

    1. Giles said on April 5, 2013 at 10:56 am
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      Martin,

      As much as I see KeePass as an invaluable tool, I’ve hesitated upgrading from the v1.x platform to the v2.x platform.

      Although I like the advanced feature set and available plugins of 2.x (not the least of which looks to be better dropbox implementation), what’s been holding me back is the .NET requirement.

      I don’t have anything against .NET per say, but am worried that one sacrifices portability. Because I experienced ONE instance where an office system prevented me running .NET applications, I stick w/1.x to avoid any repeat scenarios of not being to access my passwords.

      Have you any similar experiences or thoughts between running 1.x vs 2.x? It’s somewhat telling that both versions remain supported.

      1. ilev said on April 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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        I too don’t understand why developers force the installation of .NET on users. Are they paid by Microsoft to do so ?

        1. Swapnil said on April 6, 2013 at 6:50 am
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          Developers (at least those who are actually good at programming) don’t force the installation of .NET Framework unnecessarily. The installation of .NET Framework is necessary for running applications written in C#, VB.NET and managed C++ languages (also ASP.NET and J#).

          In this case, KeePass is written in C# (as per http://keepass.info/devstatus.html#nodotnet )

    2. Nebulus said on April 5, 2013 at 11:54 am
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      I mainly stayed with 1.x for Linux compatibility (KeepassX). As far as I know, version 2.x supports Mono in Linux, but that is a step I didn’t take yet :)

    3. Coyote said on April 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm
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      I to have never upgraded from 1.x. Not so much for the .net but that it now contains an update checker. I don’t have my wall safe connected to the internet so why would I want my password vault? Plus .net there are tons of features that I don’t need or will make the program more likely to get broken into. For instance 1.x doesn’t remember where key files are stored, 2.x uses the windows registry to record recent locations….

    4. Nebulus said on April 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm
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      @Coyote: I never had any problems with Keepass 1.x remembering where the database containing passwords is located…

      1. Coyote said on April 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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        Errr that is the problem I was pointing out.

        2.x will remember where the key was last opened from. A security flaw to me.
        1.x does not. Leaving windows completely unaware that the app was even run. A huge boon for security sake.

        2.x even when run portably from a usb drive would leave registry entries.

        1. Giles said on April 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm
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          @Coyote: Are you referring the the database or key file? Either way, I believe this statement is incorrect and is not a valid comparison between the two versions.

          1.x DOES have the ability (by default) to ‘remember’ where the database was last opened from. Specifically, have a close look at line 15 of keepass.ini:

          KeeLastDb=..\Dropbox\keepass.db

          Further, line 16 indicates the ability to save the key file’s location:

          KeeRememberKeySources=True

        2. Nebulus said on April 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm
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          Ah, my mistake, I misunderstood you.

    5. Sukhen Mitra said on April 6, 2013 at 9:46 am
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      I am a bit skeptic about using password managers despite their advantages. Practically, all sites are hackable. What happens if KeyPass server(s) is/are hacked? Maybe I ‘m too silly to ask but will greatly appreciate any reply.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 6, 2013 at 9:57 am
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        KeePass stores all information locally, there are no servers.

        1. Sukhen said on April 6, 2013 at 11:40 am
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          Thank you so much again, Martin

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