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Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#2772 closed enhancement (fixed)

Add autocomplete="off" to login widget and form password fields

Reported by: netweb's profile netweb Owned by: netweb's profile netweb
Milestone: 2.6 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 2.0
Component: API - Registration Keywords: good-first-bug has-patch


Browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox) no longer respect autocomplete="off" on <input type="password" /> fields.

Via #BuddyPress6269 and #WP24364

This is the best summary from @hnla rounds it up well:

The summary from a very long thread from a Mozi discussion on the subject:

Summary of the change, so people don't have to wade through a long discussion:

  • This change makes it so that autocomplete=off does not stop the Password Manager >from working. Normal form autofill can be disabled as usual.
  • The password manager *always* prompts if it wants to save a password. Passwords are >not saved without permission from the user.
  • We are the third browser to implement this change, after IE and Chrome.
  • This can be undone locally by flipping the signon.storeWhenAutocompleteOff pref >(from about:config) off.
  • The rationale behind this change was the widespread abuse of the autocomplete >attribute to prevent password saving where no prevention is required. This change gives >users full control over password saving, without compromising on security (again, the user >is always prompted).

Seems overall that autocomplete=off should be implemented, the main concern in doing so being that preventing browsers auto saving to password managers would be a very bad thing possibly resulting in people using weak passwords where they might have been using very strong ones in the knowledge that a browser action by user would have the password inserted to field.

It seems that Mozi here acknowledge that they are the last to implement a fix for autocomplete disabling their password saving thus all major browsers are safe in this respect and my 20 char passwords will be automagically inserted regardless of autocomplete set.

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2772.diff (2.1 KB) - added by pareshradadiya 9 years ago.
Added 'autocomplete="off"' to password field

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Change History (3)

9 years ago

Added 'autocomplete="off"' to password field

#1 @pareshradadiya
9 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

#2 @netweb
9 years ago

  • Owner set to netweb
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 5793:

Add autocomplete="off" to password field on login widget, user login form, and converter form.

Props pareshradadiya. Fixes #2772

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