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 Encrypting ftp password in ftp batch script???

I'm trying to write a ftp batch script, but I want the password not to be in
plain text.  So is there a simple way to put the password in a another file that
is encrypted and then decrypt it into a variable then put that in my ftp batch

Or is there a simple ksh command to encrypt/decrypt text?


 Mon, 13 Oct 2003 07:16:42 GMT   
 Encrypting ftp password in ftp batch script???

These are fun problems ;)

Anyway, here's a small example script which basically crypts a string and
convert it to "-" delimited octals (Coder). For decoding, the string is
processed the other way around.
You can hard-code the crypt-key or "hide" it somewhere not in plain view. In
stead of using plain text passwords, you can use the octal-serie

Don't forget this is not much different from storing plain text passwords
(security by obscurity).

If it doesn't solve your problem, it'll perhaps give you an idea of how to



function Coder
   # Usage: Coder <text> <key>
   echo "${1}\c" | crypt ${2} | od -t oC -v -w512 | sed -e 's/^[0-9]*[ ]*//'
| tr -d '\n' | tr ' ' '-'

function Decoder
   # Usage: Decoder <pwd> <key>
   echo "$( echo "\\\\0${1}" | sed -e 's/[-]/\\0/g' )\c" | crypt ${2}

coded="$( Coder "SuperSecretPassword" "secret" )"
echo "Coded  : ${coded}"

decoded="$( Decoder "${coded}" "secret" )"
echo "Decoded: ${decoded}"


 Mon, 13 Oct 2003 17:46:59 GMT   
 Encrypting ftp password in ftp batch script???

I wouldn't recommend it. It'll only give you a false sense of security. If
you can easily decode it, so can everyone else. If not, and they REALLY want
to get their hands on your password, they'll simply sniff it off the
network. Look at ssh/scp instead.

S?ren Hansen
UNIX Systems Administrator, Vardevej 1, DK-9220 Aalborg
Reception: +45 9635 2000, GSM: +45 2077 3385, fax: +45 9635 2099

 Mon, 13 Oct 2003 22:22:23 GMT   
 Encrypting ftp password in ftp batch script???

Use a .netrc file (man ftp or man netrc).  The .netrc file is not
encrypted, but it can have 700 permission (only the owner or root
can read it).  If you want to let other users use the script, they will
need their own passwords.

 Tue, 14 Oct 2003 02:52:01 GMT   
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