I’ve been using Manjaro Cinnamon since the start of this year, after a while using macOS. I use Chromium across Linux, macOS and Windows, and I’ve only just realised something about the saved passwords visible at
chrome://settings/passwords. On macOS and Windows, clicking the next to a saved password for the first time in a session requires me to enter my macOS Keychain password, or on Windows, my PIN or fingerprint. On Linux, it just shows the password immediately.
I believe that Chromium is using
gnome-keyring, because if I open
seahorse (or ‘Passwords and Keys’), there’s an entry in the ‘Login’ keyring for ‘Chromium Safe Storage’.
My questions are:
- Is this the normal behaviour, i.e. everyone who uses Chromium on Linux has the saved passwords visible to anyone who uses the computer while it’s logged in, without requiring any password (unless you use a separate app like KeePass or something)?
- Is there a way to set up the macOS/Windows behaviour on Linux? The current behaviour feels slightly insecure, e.g. if I’m at the library and somehow forget to lock the screen if I get up for a minute.
I searched a bit to see if anyone’s had this ‘issue’ (although I realise not everyone cares about this behaviour) but I could only find people complaining that Chromium asks for their keyring password all the time, which is a problem I haven’t had.