MacPass and Have I Been Pwned

How I checked my passwords stored in MacPass against the Have I Been Pwned database

Jonathan Van Eenwyk

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Have I Been Pwned hosts a database of passwords that have been compromised by website breaches. With this data, it’s possible to make sure that we’re not continuing to use compromised passwords, putting ourselves at unnecessary risk. Chrome, for example, does this automatically presumably using this or a similar database. KeePass has a plugin for this. Unfortunately, no such plugin is available for MacPass. This post documents how I managed to check my passwords without resorting to KeePass.

Prepare the HIBP database

  1. Download the Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) password database. I picked version 7 of the SHA-1 file ordered by hash (dba43bd82997d5cef156219cb0d295e1ab948727).

  2. Clone the pwnedpass project.

  3. From the pwnedpass directory, convert the password database to a searchable format:

7z e -so pwned-passwords-sha1-ordered-by-hash-v7.7z pwned-passwords-sha1-ordered-by-hash-v7.txt | go run cmd/pwngen/main.go pwned-passwords.bin
  1. Launch pwnd to enable a local HTTP server mimicking the HIBP api:
go run cmd/pwnd/read.go

Export passwords

  1. Export passwords from MacPass in xml format to a file named all.xml.

  2. Use xmlstarlet to trim out historical passwords which no longer matter:

xmlstarlet ed -d '//Entry/History' all.xml > current.xml
  1. Use xmlstarlet to extract out the passwords into a flat text file:
xmlstarlet sel -T -t -m '//Entry[String[Key/text() = "Password"]/Value != ""]' -v 'String[Key/text() = "Password"]/Value' -n current.xml > passwords.txt

Check passwords

  1. Clone the haveibeenpwned project.

  2. Edit havei.sh to point to our local server:

sed -i '' 's/https:\/\/api.pwnedpasswords.com/http:\/\/localhost:8889/' havei.sh
  1. Check all passwords against the HIBP database:
./havei.sh --file=passwords.txt -d=0 --plain
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