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This project was created on 02/15/2014 and last updated 4 months ago.

The mooltipass is an offline password keeper.
The concept behind this product is to minimize the number of ways your passwords can be compromised, while generating and storing long and complex random passwords for the different websites you use daily. It is designed to be as small as possible so it can fit in your pocket. Simply visit a website and the device will ask for confirmation to enter your credentials when you need to login.

Mooltipass is composed of one main device and a smartcard.

On the device are stored your AES-256 encrypted passwords. The smartcard is a read protected EEPROM that needs a PIN code to unlock its contents (AES-256 key + a few websites credentials). As with your credit card, too many tries will permanently lock the smart card.
The mooltipass main components are: a smart card connector, an Arduino compatible microcontroller, a FLASH memory, an OLED screen and its touchscreen panel. The OLED screen provides good contrast and good visibility.

  • 1 × ST662ACD-TR Content/Electronic Components/Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits/Power Management ICs/Switching Regulators and Controllers
  • 1 × ATMEGA32U4-MU Content/Electronic Components/Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits/Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, DSPs/ARM, RISC-Based Microcontrollers
  • 1 × AT88SC102 Content/Electronic Components/RF, IF, RFID and ZigBee/RF, IF, RFID, ZigBee Semiconductors and ICs/Memory
  • 1 × AT45DB011D-SSH-T Content/Electronic Components/Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits/Memory ICs/FLASH Memory

Project logs
  • The Mooltipass can be ordered!

    07/30/2015 at 11:40 0 comments

    All Mooltipass units have finally been produced and are ready to be sold!

    Get yours here or there with bitcoins!

  • Mooltipass Units About to be Shipped

    07/15/2015 at 12:09 0 comments

    You can already order your device with bitcoins on coincola or wait a week to order it on tindie!

  • One of the Final Updates: Mass Production has Started!

    05/27/2015 at 17:27 0 comments

    It all started on Hackaday more than a year and a half ago... we had this funny idea of an offline password keeper and wanted to see if we could get interested people from all the globe to work on it.

    Now we are mass producing more than 1500 units and passed FCC & CE tests, all thanks to the awesome persons who believed in this idea and the power of open hardware. Our beta testers are more than happy with the current firmware state, as we implemented all the ideas they had.

    What's next? Maybe a Mooltipass v2... who knows.

    Want a Mooltipass? You may join the waiting list here to get notified when the units are available for purchase in June!

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Brian wrote 06/04/2015 at 15:42 point

Cool project with an awesome name.  Korben Dallas would be impressed.     

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Doomsdaydoctrine wrote 03/29/2015 at 19:34 point

Great project you guys have going here, I have to say that i'm extremely interested in something like this, but lets say you are a user with many multiple email accounts from the same host(gmail) , then how would this device go about deciding which one you log into?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 03/29/2015 at 19:40 point

We support this case... check out our gifs at 

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morgan-tom wrote 12/14/2014 at 10:33 point
Mooltipass Indiegogo hit the initial goal!!!! I can't help but think that a Kickstarter campaign may have made more, but we got there anyway. Grats!!!

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hassanahmed wrote 10/18/2014 at 21:50 point
Hey ,
I need help
May any programmer help me ?

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iWhacko wrote 10/08/2014 at 11:21 point
Hi, I'm interested in smart card programming aswell. I'd love to directly work on the chips inside it instead of using javacards etc. Do you have any information on this subject. ie, how do you test your cards? is the firmware sent to a factory and they produce the cards? or can you upload new firmware to blank cards?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 10/13/2014 at 19:04 point
The card we use is a standard one: the AT88SC102. When we receive them we just set it up in a particular way and burn some fuses.

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Victor Suarez Rovere wrote 08/25/2014 at 18:28 point
Have you seen this similar entry, PassKey? It offers an unprecedented level of security.

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 08/25/2014 at 18:34 point
Hey Victor,
I can see that you're _extremely_ biased on the subject ;). This is a very ambitious project that you're considering... how many people are working on it?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 08/25/2014 at 18:35 point
Just to be sure I completely understand your project: are you implementing a commercial man in the middle device?

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John Reiter wrote 08/21/2014 at 10:39 point
What if the smart card also had RFID for door access? You could use it as an employee ID as well.

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 08/21/2014 at 10:41 point
that would be neat indeed... however different companies have different type of NFC cards so it'd be hard to be flexible enough

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Mark Jeronimus wrote 08/19/2014 at 17:20 point
Not to burst your bubble but let me tell you why no one has ever made something similar. I work at a large hardware security evaluation lab, and I can tell you that without rigorous security evaluation and feedback, devices like this are almost sure to contain side-channel leaks and exploits. Even if every part is tested and certified, the final product may not be secure. We had companies having to re-evaluating things only because they swapped an innocent chip with a different footprint, for which the main PCB was re-routed. Evaluation of a simple PIN entry device can cost between $100,000 - $500,000. Especially with the publicity you're getting here and in China, there'll be attackers for sure. Probably safe for most people, but not for a commercial product.

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Mark Jeronimus wrote 08/19/2014 at 17:24 point
I'll give you a free tip. Use temper-switches to detect entry and modification of the device. Usually they are placed around buttons so they can't be tapped electrically. Also don't leave space that attackers can inserts evesdrop/logging devices into.

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 08/19/2014 at 17:25 point
Hey Mark,

Considering the tone of your comment: is it a reason not to try then?
This is why we are going the open hardware way. Perhaps concerned individuals like yourself will consider putting some of their time to either look at our code or go for a black box type of attack. We already have several pen-testers checking our security implementation, and we would love you to be one of them :)


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Mathieu Stephan wrote 08/19/2014 at 17:27 point
Thanks for the tip Mark, we actually already had this one on day 2 after we launched this project ;)

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markbng wrote 06/06/2014 at 09:13 point
Very nice project. Very professional project.
Please note that the AT88SC102 is NOT secure ( You can use the ATECC108 instead. An ARM cortex M3/M4 controller is preferred for main controller (good performance/cost ratio).
Do you also make a 'lastpass' browser add-on?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 06/06/2014 at 09:16 point
It depends what you mean by secure. Security has a cost so the appropriate question would be: how long does it take / how expensive is it to break the AT88SC102 security?

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markbng wrote 06/06/2014 at 09:45 point
I know. Security is difficult. You have to choose a good security for a reasonable price. I don't know the exact price (I use the break-ic list only to see which components can be hacked), but I think the price is from 800USD up to a few thousand dollar.

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elliot.buller wrote 06/05/2014 at 23:34 point
Not sure if there's any interest but I have 50 AT88SC0404C atmel crypto cards from a previous project. They are unused and in the protective sleeve. All white, looks like they could be printed on. Feel free to email if anyone has interest. elliot.buller(AT)

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 06/06/2014 at 06:39 point
Thanks for the offer Elliot!
However we're only supporting the AT88SC102 atm.

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elliot.buller wrote 06/06/2014 at 07:06 point
I understand. Hard to develop for a moving target. I have pcsc scripts with apdu packet examples to access data, setup crypto, etc. More storage space too. I'll try and buy one to do the port myself once they are commercial. Been meaning to repurpose the smartcards and this sounds like a good opportunity. (Also will work for many automated laundry systems ;) Sorry, off topic.

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mexoplex wrote 05/28/2014 at 12:02 point
you dont think the lawyers of the producers of the movie, " The Fifth Element" will be contacting you shortly?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 06/06/2014 at 06:38 point
so far so good!
I don't think so though, given there already exist multipass brands / companies around the world

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pierrep wrote 03/29/2014 at 09:15 point
Maybe the concern with the use of an USB key is the accessibility of the datas, that are usually readable in all circumstances even using an encryption it might just ask a password to decrypt/use the USB key, as with a microcontroller datas may be harder to retreive thus more secure. That's mt little point of view on the use of USB. I must finally say the design of the 3D rendering is nice !

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John Boyd wrote 03/28/2014 at 04:48 point
My only concern is the trade-off between security and convenience. This project gives much better security, but in order to access any web accounts we may have, we need to have the mooltipass with us. Are there plans to make a later revision that will just be a keychain-able USB drive? that way we dont need to add a whole new device to our daily tools (phone, wallet, keys, etc)?

That being said, I DO love this project and the direction yall have chosen, and you can expect me to be the first buyer or kickstarter funder!

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 03/28/2014 at 06:59 point
Hey phreaknik,

Thanks a lot for the support! As for your questions, a smaller version might be designed in the future but it's not planned yet. Are you sure that in your case you'd need to carry the mooltipass all the time? For example I mostly do my browsing at home or at work, so in my case I'd use 2 mooltipass and one smartcard...

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John Boyd wrote 03/28/2014 at 19:53 point

Well as a student, I find myself sitting in front of a different computer every few hours every day, where i log into many accounts i would like to keep secure. I can easily sit down in front of 20 different computers a week, and sometimes never come back to the same computer twice. Even if I could afford twenty multipasses and came back to the same twenty computers every week, i certainly couldnt trust leaving them there at all these public computers.

This is why i feel a more portable option may be necessary for people like me to fully adopt the multipass as a security solution.

Just my two cents, and as I said before, I do really like the project. Definitely good work done!

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Jake wrote 05/09/2014 at 11:18 point
Maybe, if this project really kicks off, you could see it as a standard device on computers?

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 05/09/2014 at 13:54 point

Hopefully! We need great supports and contributors to make this project a reality :)

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 03/26/2014 at 12:33 point
The Mooltipass will be credit-card sized with a 12mm width. At the moment, we're not sure yet what the final price will be.

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pierrep wrote 03/26/2014 at 08:25 point
I was wandering how much was actually the prototype at the end of built, it seems to be such a tiny object I was wandering how low cost.

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pierrep wrote 03/25/2014 at 21:18 point
Okay, so maybe it's just a funny coincidence. Still a very promessing project, i'll follow it closely! Thank's for the quick answer!

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 03/25/2014 at 21:02 point
Hey Pierrep, the name was actually suggested by one HaD reader after we started the development process!

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pierrep wrote 03/25/2014 at 20:49 point
What a great idea it's really nice! Is the idea actually based on the Fith Element (1997) multipass card? I was sure I heard that term somewhere and finally remembered there was a multipass or "mooltipass" with the accent, that was mentioned in the movie.

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 03/15/2014 at 20:41 point
Here is our newsletter #1:

- we should receive soon the bottom PCB for Olivier's design. Once we receive it, we'll be able to check that most Arduino shields are compatible with our device. Hopefully, it'll be bug free and fit in the case as well...

- we are currently designing the top PCB that will contain the touch sensor IC, capactive wheel / buttons and the LEDs

- we machined the case for Olivier's design... it's a bit wide but quite thin! I'll try to send pictures soon...

- it seems the other mechanical contributors are not really motivated to have their designs produced (even if I'd like so)... so they could use your words of encouragement!

- the Arduino Leonardo bootloader has been modified to work with the Mooltipass, you'll be able to find it in the repository

- we are using both a makefile and Atmelstudio for our development process (which is cool imho)

- we recently switched to a new graphics library (which is awesome) that can handle fixed and variable font widths but also different color depths... we still need to optimize it for speed though

- the credential management code should be finished in the next 2 weeks

- we lost contact with the person in charge of the USB code :-(

- the computer-side software / browser extension hasn't progressed much :-(

- we still need to format our code to the agreed convention

Any question/suggestion is welcome!

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