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#49 Command line passwords is a security hole

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2010-11-30
2010-11-30
Michael Reynolds
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Most shells these days maintain a command history. Additionally, tools like sudosh store logs of sessions. It's not always an easy task ensuring any traces of the plaintext password have been fully erased from disk. Therefore, I consider it a security hole to require plaintext passwords on the command line.

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