GETPASS(3) BSD Library Functions Manual GETPASS(3)
getpass -- get a password
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
getpass(const char *prompt);
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 charac-
ter are discarded.
getpass() turns off character echoing while reading the password.
getpass() returns a pointer to the null terminated password.
The getpass() function appeared in Version 2 of the Single UNIX Specification (``SUSv2''), but it was already marked as legacy. The function
was removed in the IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'') standard.
A getpass() function appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
The getpass() function leaves its result in an internal static object and returns a pointer to that object. Subsequent calls to getpass()
will modify the same object.
The calling process should zero the password as soon as possible to avoid leaving the cleartext password visible in the process's address
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