set-proxy () { P=webproxy:1234; DU="fred"; read -p "username[$DU]:" USER; printf "%b"; UN=${USER:-$DU}; read -s -p "password:" PASS; printf "%b" "\n"; export http_proxy="http://${UN}:${PASS}@$P/"; export ftp_proxy="http://${UN}:${PASS}@$P/"; }

Configuring proxy client on terminal without leaving password on screen or in bash_history

Prompts the user for username and password, that are then exported to http_proxy for use by wget, yum etc Default user, webproxy and port are used. Using this script prevent the cleartext user and pass being in your bash_history and on-screen
Sample Output
[bob@localhost ~]$ set-proxy
username[fred]: bob
password:
[bob@localhost ~]$ wget google.co.uk
--13:05:20--  http://google.co.uk/
           => `index.html'
Resolving webproxy... 192.168.1.3
Connecting to webproxy|192.168.1.3|:1234... connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [text/html]
13:05:20 (50.33 KB/s) - `index.html' saved [7381]

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But doesn't that leave your password inside the environment variables? Anyone typing env can get it, then.
kaedenn · 432 weeks and 4 days ago
From my testing the environment variable is only set for the user for that session. Please correct me if you think I'm mistaken as my credentials might be exposed!
shadycraig · 432 weeks and 3 days ago

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