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create and md5 sum of your password

Terminal - create and md5 sum of your password
read -s p && echo -n $p | md5sum;p=
2012-06-08 13:50:50
User: hoodie
Functions: echo read
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create and md5 sum of your password

create and md5 sum of your password without it showing up in your terminal or history.

Afterwards we overwrite the $p variable (thx to bazzargh)

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Using a plain MD5 sum without salt to store passwords is not safe for any application which needs a password.

Comment by hfs 116 weeks and 1 day ago

I used this after a user db has been attacked to check whether or not my password was among others in a dump of md5 sums.

Comment by hoodie 116 weeks and 1 day ago

While the password doesn't show up directly in your history, that command does, and p still holds your password. You should add ;p="" at the end of the command. If you wanted to hide the command from your history entirely, export HISTCONTROL=ignorespace and add a space to the start of the command

Comment by bazzargh 116 weeks ago

alternatively one can substitute md5sum with opennssl

read -s p && echo -n $p |openssl md5;p=""

Comment by nud3lz 115 weeks and 5 days ago

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