encoding scripts (so that user can't see passwords easily)?

Svend Sorensen ssorensen@gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 17:49:00 GMT 2005

On 12/4/05, nidhog <nidhog@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12/4/05, Christopher Faylor <cgf-no-personal-reply-please@cygwin.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Dec 04, 2005 at 12:20:57PM +0100, Tomasz Chmielewski wrote:
> > >I have a little open-source project, which eases Windows administration
> > >a bit.
> > >
> > >In some of the scripts, I use usernames and passwords (to get to a
> > >password-protected network share etc.).
> > >Because they are scripts, username and password is in plain.
> > >
> > >Although the script files are only readable by SYSTEM and
> > >Administrators, if a disk is stolen, someone could easily get the
> > >passwords by doing simple "grep -r password ./*".
> > >
> > >Do you know some tool which could "encode" scripts?
> instead of storing them plaintext, why don't you try encoding them via
> cryptographic hashes - md5, sha1, tiger and the like.

How is the script going to get the plaintext password if all it has is
a one way hash?

> while it's still vulnerable to bruteforce if they get your hashed
> passwords, you can mitigate the risk by requiring longer/more complex
> passwords.
> at least it's not as easy as grep'ping for the plaintext password left
> alone naked all out in the open.

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