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NAME

       usplash - Mandos plugin to use usplash to get a password.

SYNOPSIS

       usplash

DESCRIPTION

       This program prompts for a password using usplash(8) and outputs any given password to
       standard output. If no usplash(8) process can be found, this program will immediately exit
       with an exit code indicating failure.

       This program is not very useful on its own. This program is really meant to run as a
       plugin in the Mandos client-side system, where it is used as a fallback and alternative to
       retrieving passwords from a Mandos server.

       If this program is killed (presumably by plugin-runner(8mandos) because some other plugin
       provided the password), it cannot tell usplash(8) to abort requesting a password, because
       usplash(8) does not support this. Therefore, this program will then kill the running
       usplash(8) process and start a new one using the same command line arguments as the old
       one was using.

OPTIONS

       This program takes no options.

EXIT STATUS

       If exit status is 0, the output from the program is the password as it was read.
       Otherwise, if exit status is other than 0, the program was interrupted or encountered an
       error, and any output so far could be corrupt and/or truncated, and should therefore be
       ignored.

ENVIRONMENT

       cryptsource, crypttarget
           If set, these environment variables will be assumed to contain the source device name
           and the target device mapper name, respectively, and will be shown as part of the
           prompt.

           These variables will normally be inherited from plugin-runner(8mandos), which will
           normally have inherited them from /scripts/local-top/cryptroot in the initial RAM disk
           environment, which will have set them from parsing kernel arguments and
           /conf/conf.d/cryptroot (also in the initial RAM disk environment), which in turn will
           have been created when the initial RAM disk image was created by
           /usr/share/initramfs-tools/hooks/cryptroot, by extracting the information of the root
           file system from /etc/crypttab.

           This behavior is meant to exactly mirror the behavior of askpass, the default password
           prompter.

FILES

       /dev/.initramfs/usplash_fifo
           This is the FIFO to where this program will write the commands for usplash(8). See
           fifo(7).

       /dev/.initramfs/usplash_outfifo
           This is the FIFO where this program will read the password from usplash(8). See
           fifo(7).

       /proc
           To find the running usplash(8), this directory will be searched for numeric entries
           which will be assumed to be directories. In all those directories, the exe and cmdline
           entries will be used to determine the name of the running binary, effective user and
           group ID, and the command line arguments. See proc(5).

       /sbin/usplash
           This is the name of the binary which will be searched for in the process list. See
           usplash(8).

BUGS

       Killing usplash(8) and starting a new one is ugly, but necessary as long as it does not
       support aborting a password request.

EXAMPLE

       Note that normally, this program will not be invoked directly, but instead started by the
       Mandos plugin-runner(8mandos).

       This program takes no options.

       usplash

SECURITY

       If this program is killed by a signal, it will kill the process ID which at the start of
       this program was determined to run usplash(8) as root (see also the section called
       “FILES”). There is a very slight risk that, in the time between those events, that process
       ID was freed and then taken up by another process; the wrong process would then be killed.
       Now, this program can only be killed by the user who started it; see plugin-
       runner(8mandos). This program should therefore be started by a completely separate
       non-privileged user, and no other programs should be allowed to run as that special user.
       This means that it is not recommended to use the user "nobody" to start this program, as
       other possibly less trusted programs could be running as "nobody", and they would then be
       able to kill this program, triggering the killing of the process ID which may or may not
       be usplash(8).

       The only other thing that could be considered worthy of note is this: This program is
       meant to be run by plugin-runner(8mandos), and will, when run standalone, outside, in a
       normal environment, immediately output on its standard output any presumably secret
       password it just received. Therefore, when running this program standalone (which should
       never normally be done), take care not to type in any real secret password by force of
       habit, since it would then immediately be shown as output.

SEE ALSO

       intro(8mandos), crypttab(5), fifo(7), plugin-runner(8mandos), proc(5), usplash(8)

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright © 2008-2009, 2011 Teddy Hogeborn, Björn Påhlsson

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