Bug 862593 - Do not show vnc password
Summary: Do not show vnc password
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 18
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Cantrell
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2012-10-03 10:35 UTC by Jan Stodola
Modified: 2013-03-12 14:25 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version: anaconda-18.13
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2012-10-16 13:17:08 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Jan Stodola 2012-10-03 10:35:52 UTC
Description of problem:
When one selects vnc installation with password, password for vnc connection is shown on terminal:

X was unable to start on your machine.  Would you like to start VNC to connect t
o this computer from another computer and perform a graphical install or continu
e with a text mode install?

 1) Start VNC

 2) Use text mode

  Please make your choice from above ['q' to quit | 'c' to continue]: 1
VNC Password

Please provide VNC password. You will have to type it twice. 
Leave blank for no password

Password: secret_vnc_password
Password (confirm): secret_vnc_password
10:22:46 Starting VNC...
10:22:47 The VNC server is now running.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start installation (tested on a system without a graphical interface)
2. proceed to the screen when anaconda asks to start vnc/text mode install
3. select vnc mode and type your vnc password
Actual results:
password is shown:

Password: secret_vnc_password
Password (confirm): secret_vnc_password

Expected results:
password is not shown:

Password: *******************
Password (confirm): *******************

Comment 5 Jesse Keating 2012-10-03 15:41:34 UTC
I debated this, but it's not like the password is encrypted anywhere.  In fact you have to provide it in plain text in your kickstart file.  What's the concern here?

Comment 6 Jesse Keating 2012-10-03 23:19:46 UTC
Patch posted upstream.  Not worth arguing over.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2012-10-04 00:56:58 UTC
anaconda-18.12-1.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.

Comment 8 Fedora Update System 2012-10-04 17:50:39 UTC
Package anaconda-18.12-1.fc18:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing anaconda-18.12-1.fc18'
as soon as you are able to.
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then log in and leave karma (feedback).

Comment 9 Jan Stodola 2012-10-16 13:17:08 UTC
Retested using anaconda-18.16, vnc password is not displayed when typing, vnc with and without password work as expected.

Thanks Jesse, closing this bug.

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