Published March 25, 2016
• Updated June 20, 2017
My job frequently requires me to distribute passwords to people. Those people could be coworkers or employees from another company or organization. Passwords are something that need to be transmitted securely, but I didn’t have a simple, secure way to do this.
Published October 18, 2014
• Updated June 14, 2017
When Apple introduced OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014 they demoed a brand new and improved Spotlight. Everything about it I liked, but I was concerned about the Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Search features. To use those features your keystrokes have to be sent to a server somewhere and processed. I did not want that. I quickly remembered what happened when Canonical released Dash in Ubuntu. At the very least, Apple needed to offer a way to turn this functionality off.
Published February 3, 2014
• Updated October 23, 2015
root’s password can easily be set in RHEL and CentOS Kickstart Profiles with the following command:
rootpw "password here"
However, anyone using the Kickstart Profile will see the root password in plain text.
It is possible to hash root’s password in the Kickstart Profile with the following command:
rootpw --iscrypted password_hash
But, how do you generate the password hash? Depending on your authconfig configuration, there are several different ways to do this.