Make a password protected bash script resist/refuse “bash -x” when the password is given

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Old 12-09-2013
You cannot because, no matter how you hide it, when you run it, it will feed the complete unencrypted text into the shell. It has to, or else system() couldn't run it!

That is always the problem with rube goldberg solutions. The code will always still be there, and has to contain all the necessary steps for decrypting itself in plain, or it won't work.

Adding more hoops will not help, since they can ignore everything but the last "hoop" -- the shell.

We have been down this road many, many, many times before. There is no magic solution to keeping running code protected on a system you do not trust. Your real options remain as I gave them.
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