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Non-interactive ssh password authentication

SSH's (secure shell) most common authentication mode is called "interactive keyboard password authentication", so called both because it is typically done via keyboard, and because openssh takes active measures to make sure that the password is, indeed, typed interactively by the keyboard. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to fool ssh into accepting an interactive password non-interactively. This is where sshpass comes in.

SECURITY NOTE: There is a reason openssh insists that passwords be typed interactively. Passwords are harder to store securely and to pass around securely between programs. If you have not looked into solving your needs using SSH's "public key authentication", perhaps in conjunction with the ssh agent (RTFM ssh-add), please do so before being tempted into using this package.

Package version:1.04-1


SSHPASS(1)               Sshpass User Manual              SSHPASS(1)

       sshpass - noninteractive ssh password provider

       sshpass  [-ffilename|-dnum|-ppassword|-e]  [options]  command

       This manual page documents the sshpass command.

       sshpass is a utility designed for running ssh using the  mode
       referred  to  as  "keyboard-


sshpass (1.04-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * Fix "fails when ssh asks for host key confirmation": sshpass now
    detects the situation and returns a coded error (Closes: #506208)
  * Several new upstream versions fixing some crashes
  * Update the version file to explicitly state GPL version 2

 -- Shachar Shemesh <>  Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:25:27 +0000

sshpass (1.01-2) unstable; ur


Version 1.04
	* Fix crash when "-e" is given but environment variable is not set -
	  based on patch suggested by Samuel Rios Carvalho.
	* Fix 100% CPU usage during session. Reported by anonymous on the
	  SourceForge bug tracking system.
	* Attempt to hide a password provided on the command line. It does
	  expose the password length. Base on a patch by anonymous from the
	  sourceforge bug track


This package was debianized by Shachar Shemesh <> on
Tue, 28 Feb 2006 11:20:23 

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