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Re^3: passwords with special characters are trying to kill me... no seriously!

by ikegami (Pope)
on Feb 04, 2011 at 17:55 UTC ( #886262=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: passwords with special characters are trying to kill me... no seriously!
in thread passwords with special characters are trying to kill me... no seriously!

It's easy if you build the command in stages.

sub text_to_shell_lit(_) { return $_[0] if $_[0] =~ /^[a-zA-Z0-9_\-]+\z/; my $s = $_[0]; $s =~ s/'/'\\''/g; return "'$s'"; } my $user = 'bob'; my $passwd = 'test$ing'; my $echo_cmd = join ' ', map text_to_shell_lit, echo => $passwd; my $passwd_cmd = join ' ', map text_to_shell_lit, passwd => '--', $user; my $ssh_cmd = join ' ', map text_to_shell_lit, ssh => 'hostname', "$echo_cmd | $passwd_cmd";
ssh hostname 'echo '\''test$ing'\'' | passwd -- bob'

Note that command lines are readable by anyone on the machine. It is not safe to pass passwords in command lines. Yet another reason why opening a pipe to ssh is better.

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