Jul 13

PiCL Crypto Review

I’ve been working on the security design for the next version of Firefox Sync, which is the bit that keeps your bookmarks/history/saved-passwords/etc synchronized between Firefoxes on all your various devices. The working title is “PiCL”, which stands for “Profile In the CLoud”. In the coming year, this will be deployed to roughly 500 million Firefox users.

I’m looking for feedback on our design. It involves key-stretching (PBKDF2 and scrypt), secure handling of password-derived keys, SRP, and a healthy distrust of SSL. If you’re interested, read on!

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