In connection profiles that will be used in non-interactive connections, it is also possible to use passwords stored to the Tectia Client configuration or to the system.
In the Connection Broker configuration file
ssh-broker-config.xml, the stored
passwords are configured with the
password element, with the following
<profiles> <profile> <authentication-methods> <auth-password /> </authentication-methods> ... <password file="path/to/file" /> </profile> ... </profiles>
password element can be used to specify a user password that the
client will send as a response to password authentication.
The password can be given directly in the
string attribute, but safer
alternatives are to define either a path to a file containing the password in the
file attribute, or to use the
command attribute to
define a path to a program or script that outputs the password.
When using the
command attribute to refer to a shell script, make sure
the script also defines the user's shell, and outputs the actual password. Otherwise the
executed program fails, because it does not know what shell to use for the shell script. For
example, if the password string is defined in a file named
my_password.txt, and you want to use the bash shell, include these
lines in the script:
#!/usr/bash cat /full/pathname/to/my_password.txt
If the password is given using this option, it is extremely important that the
Any password given with the command-line options will override this setting.
Via the Tectia Connections Configuration GUI, the stored passwords are configured on the Connection profiles → Authentication tab. Select Store password for non-interactive use and define the password or the path to the password file or program.
If you choose to use stored passwords, it is extremely important that the Tectia Client host and the password file or program are not accessible by anyone else than the intended user.
To store the password as such in the configuration, enter the password directly in the Password field.
To use a file containing the password, select Password file and enter the path to the file in the field.
To use a program or a script that outputs the password, select Password program and enter the path to the program in the field.
The user is required to have adequate permissions to the password file and to the
password program. The file or the program executable must be owned by the user, local
administrator or a member in the local admin group, and the file must have the