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GETPASS(3)              NetBSD Library Functions Manual             GETPASS(3)


NAME
getpass -- get a password
LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
SYNOPSIS
#include <pwd.h> #include <unistd.h> char * getpass(const char *prompt);
DESCRIPTION
The getpass() function displays a prompt to, and reads in a password from, /dev/tty. If this file is not accessible, getpass displays the prompt on the standard error output and reads from the standard input. The password may be up to _PASSWORD_LEN (currently 128) characters in length. Any additional characters and the terminating newline character are discarded. getpass turns off character echoing while reading the password.
RETURN VALUES
getpass returns a pointer to the null terminated password.
FILES
/dev/tty
SEE ALSO
crypt(3)
HISTORY
A getpass function appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
BUGS
The getpass function leaves its result in an internal static object and returns a pointer to that object. Subsequent calls to getpass will mod- ify the same object.
SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
The calling process should zero the password as soon as possible to avoid leaving the cleartext password visible in the process's address space. NetBSD 5.0.1 June 4, 1993 NetBSD 5.0.1
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