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Password Manager Dashlane Open-sourced Its Mobile Apps

by Abeerah Hashim
Dashlane open-sourced mobile apps

The famous password management tool Dashlane has now decided to share its mobile app codes publicly. As explained, Dashlane open-sourced its mobile apps (Android and iOS) for increased transparency and enhanced development.

Dashlane Open-sourced Mobile Apps

As announced via a recent blog post, Dashlane has now open-sourced its mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

Dashlane is a popular password management tool helping users with their password safety. Besides the expected functionalities like password generation and storage, it also boasts other features, such as storing sensitive personal details, notes storage, and breach alerts.

According to the recent announcement, the firm has released the source code for its Android and iOS clients on GitHub. The code is now available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license.

As explained, Dashlane decided on this move to ensure better transparency for increased customer trust and to garner support for prompt security. Also, there’s another reason that Dashlane has stated,

There’s also an internal side benefit to sharing our code base publicly: it forces our engineering team to level up on the quality of the code, to make it cleaner, and to ensure it’s readable. We would not want to share code we cannot be proud of, even though all code includes some level of tech debt and legacy content.

Under the current public release, the firm expects feedback from Android and iOS developers, allows business users to review the code for better compliance, and seeks bug reports from security researchers, which they can report via Dashlane’s bug bounty program on HackerOne.

What Next?

For now, they have shared the code for public audit only, and to help them understand the apps’ working better. But in the future, Dashlane plans to accept external contributions for code improvements.

Besides, they also intend to make the source code for their web extension publicly available after completing the Google Chrome MV3 requirements.

Despite these moves, it remains unclear if Dashlane actually plans to transform into an open-source project in the future. Nor has the firm expressed any intentions yet to make the source codes for its desktop password manager apps open-source.

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