Thursday, August 31, 2006

Random password one-liner

I recently came up with this method for generating reasonable random 8-character passwords:

$ dd if=/dev/random bs=6 count=1 2>/dev/null | openssl base64
If 8 characters is not long enough, increase the number after bs= to 75% of the number of characters you would like in the password.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying to my OpenSolaris posting. I'm still discussing with other Sun folks... Iwan, Sun Singapore.

Anonymous said...

You could get rid of the "dd" with:

openssl rand -base64 6