Bug 7660 - useradd -p enters plain text password
useradd -p enters plain text password
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: shadow-utils (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 1999-12-07 14:34 EST by Adi Linden
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-12-08 10:15:45 EST
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Description Adi Linden 1999-12-07 14:34:57 EST
When using the -p command line switch with useradd a plain text password is
added in /etc/passwd or /etc/shadow and not an encrypted password. After
using useradd a user connot log in with the password supplied to useradd,
the passwd command has to be run to update the passwd properly.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 1999-12-08 10:15:59 EST
useradd -p takes the *encrypted* password as parameter.
Allowing to specify cleartext passwords in the command line would not be a very
good idea (anyone can read it, and it remains in .bash_history).

If you absolutely need that function, use something along the lines of

useradd -p `echo 'print crypt("password", "RH");' | perl` username

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