Apr 21, 2016
Building Sesto, in-browser password manager
Intro: what is Sesto Sesto (abbreviation for Secret Store) is open source passwords (and general secrets) manager for web. What sets Sesto apart from many other password managers is: it's web password manager, e.g. you don't need local client to run it, only have compatible browser (Google Chrome with PNaCl modules enabled), the application is downloaded from Sesto server. for a clientless web password manager, it's strong security model: most web password managers are built either on JS crypto (which is bad), or rely on simply protecting your data via SSL and with some arbitrary keys on server side.
Mar 17, 2016
Building secure end-to-end webchat with Themis
Intro While developing components of our products, we love to explore use cases and usability through creating real-world test stands. 0fc is a side-product of WebThemis research: while doing some protocol design for front-end clients with WebThemis services, we wanted to try it in a real-world situation. We've set ourselves a novel idea: end-to-end encrypted webchat, inclined towards client anonymity, giving zero trust to the server, built only with typical Themis primitives.
Mar 14, 2016
Building LibreSSL for PNaCl
Intro While building WebThemis, we've encountered the need to build LibreSSL for PNaCl as a source of cryptographic primitives. The problem? LibreSSL has huge codebase with a lot of complicated code, that won't build on new platform out of the box. Solution? Strip all we can and make the rest work. Having gone “let’s do a quick hack to build Libre” barbaric way for PoC version of WebThemis, we would like to share our experience for the aspiring PNaCl developers to benefit.
Mar 8, 2016
Building and Using Themis in PNaCl
Intro Native Client (NaCl) allows browser applications to launch a native low-level code in an isolated environment. Thanks to this, some code, performance code parts can be rewritten in C or C++ easily. Until recent time, NaCl could work on x86-compatible systems only, yet supporting ARM platform becomes very important, because a huge variety of devices (especially the newest Chrome OS laptops), are built on ARM architecture. All you need to compile the code for ARM is located in the latest Native Client SDK.
Mar 3, 2016