Closed Bug 1567423 Opened 3 years ago Closed 3 years ago

about:logins should allow searching by password


(Firefox :: about:logins, defect, P3)

70 Branch



Firefox 71
Tracking Status
firefox-esr60 --- unaffected
firefox-esr68 --- unaffected
firefox69 --- disabled
firefox70 --- verified
firefox71 --- verified


(Reporter:, Assigned: jaws)



(Whiteboard: [skyline] [passwords:management])


(3 files)

Attached image PM2.png

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:70.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/70.0

Steps to reproduce:

Open Lockwise and compare sorting capabilities.
Lockwise - Sort by:

  • Name (aka Site),
  • Last Updated,
  • Last Change
  • Filter (accepts useName and site)

Regular Password manager - Sort by:

  • Site
  • UserName
  • Password (visible)
  • Last Changed
    Sorting options of Lockwise are limited when compared to regular password manager.

Actual results:

Let's assume there is a task to delete/modify a range of credentials with the same password and specific userName

In regular Password manager this can be done by sorting by password (after clicking Show Password button). Later user can visually identify what Login-Pass pair needs to be deleted/modified and proceed with the change.
Please note that typical change in general can be done by single/doubleClick

Lockwise doesn't have any sorting/filtering options by Password.
To complete the same with the least effort task user needs to input userName into top filter.
Later he will be forced to visually inspect each entry:

  • enter it.
  • click on unhide password button
  • visually identify password
  • proceed with the change if needed

This is a severe UI/UX downgrade compared to the old method.

Expected results:

I believe the current behavior of Lockwise can be improved to fulfill the gaps with the help of the followings:

  • allow to search/filter by actual password (at minimum)
  • add option to globally show passwords that are assigned to the username in the sidebar.

Sorting and filtering by passwords in the old login manager has helped me move away from password reuse.

Type: enhancement → defect

Hi, are there any updates?

The priority flag is not set for this bug.
:MattN, could you have a look please?

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Flags: needinfo?(MattN+bmo)
Flags: needinfo?(MattN+bmo) → needinfo?(jaws)
Whiteboard: [passwords:management]

For the initial Lockwise management experience, which replaces the previous Firefox login manager, we opted to prioritize sort/filter options by the known findability needs.

When it comes to identifying password reuse, we have plans in place to make that more visible AND actionable. This includes tools to understand the problems with password reuse coupled with the ability to change that password on each domain, which is where someone would need to make a password change. Sort/filter by password would be a stop-gap approach that doesn't entirely encompass this use case.

I'm assigning this issue a P3 given our aim to provide a more holistic approach for finding and updating recycled passwords.

We expect to learn from this first iteration of Lockwise in the browser and expect that revisions will be needed. Based on our findings we may change the priority of this request.

Flags: needinfo?(jaws)
Priority: -- → P3

Thank you for the update.
However if you present Lockwise as an replacement for the password manager shouldn't the new tool improve usability when compared to the old one?
Could you provide more details on the mentioned solution?
What will happent first, integration of the mentioned solution or replacement of password manager with Lockwise?

Hi there,
Are there any updates on this matter?

We will be adding the ability to search by password as long as Master Password is not enabled.

Whiteboard: [passwords:management] → [skyline] [passwords:management]
Summary: Firefox Lockwise - Sorting/Filtering capabilities → about:logins should allow searching by password

What is the point of constraining the search to only records where the master password is not enabled? The feature worked with master password enabled in the legacy password manager and it would be expected that Lockwise replicates such.

Else, you are putting the user between a rock and hard place, enable master password but not password search or disable master password and be able to search/filter by password.

If we want to include something for Firefox 70, we're constrained by the types of modifications we can make the UI at this point. The old UI had a way of displaying all the passwords from one singular event of clicking on the "Show Passwords" button. When the button is clicked we show the Master Password prompt, and then can reveal all passwords if it is provided.

What I proposed in comment 8 would allow for searching passwords, but that would happen on each keystroke. We don't want to display the master password prompt on each keystroke. It's not intuitive to show the master password prompt when searching, so for Firefox 70 the simplest thing to do is to only enable password searching when Master Password is not enabled.

We can provide a better solution in a future release.

Thanks for the explanation. Suppose a workaround -> disable master pw -> seach/filter pw -> enable master pw.

Opening another bug then for that better solution in a future release?

Assignee: nobody → jaws
Attachment #9092477 - Attachment description: Bug 1567423 - Combine all sychronous messages sent at startup of about:logins. r?MattN → Bug 1567423 - Combine all synchronous messages sent at startup of about:logins. r?MattN
Pushed by
Combine all synchronous messages sent at startup of about:logins. r=MattN
Allow for searching passwords in about:logins when MP is disabled. r=MattN
Closed: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla71

I have verified this issue on the latest Nightly 71.0a1 (Build ID: 20190918100042) (64-bit) on Windows 10, MacOS 10.14 and Ubuntu 16.04 x64.

  • You can successfully search by passwords if the Master Password is not set.
  • No results are returned if searching by passwords if a Master Password is set.

I have verified this issue on the Firefox Beta 70.0b9 (Build ID: 20190923154733) (64-bit) on Windows 10, MacOS 10.14 and Ubuntu 18.04 x64.

  • You can successfully search by passwords if the Master Password is not set.
  • No results are returned if searching by passwords if a Master Password is set.
Component: Password Manager → about:logins
Product: Toolkit → Firefox
Target Milestone: mozilla71 → Firefox 71
Depends on: 1592050
Blocks: 1619464
No longer blocks: 1619464
Depends on: 1619464
See Also: → 1752875
See Also: → 1765473
See Also: → 1634906
See Also: → 1787571
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