The crypt module

(Optional). This module implements one-way DES encryption. Unix systems use this encryption algorithm to store passwords, and this module is really only useful to generate or check such passwords.

To encrypt a password, call crypt.crypt with the password string, plus a “salt”, which should consist of two random characters. You can now throw away the actual password, and just store the encrypted string somewhere.

Example: Using the crypt module
# File:

import crypt

import random, string

def getsalt(chars = string.letters + string.digits):
    # generate a random 2-character 'salt'
    return random.choice(chars) + random.choice(chars)

print crypt.crypt("bananas", getsalt())

$ python

To verify a given password, encrypt the new password using the two first characters from the encrypted string as the salt. If the result matches the encrypted string, the password is valid. The following example uses the pwd module to fetch the encrypted password for a given user.

Example: Using the crypt module for authentication
# File:

import pwd, crypt

def login(user, password):
    "Check if user would be able to login using password"
        pw1 = pwd.getpwnam(user)[1]
        pw2 = crypt.crypt(password, pw1[:2])
        return pw1 == pw2
    except KeyError:
        return 0 # no such user

user = raw_input("username:")
password = raw_input("password:")

if login(user, password):
    print "welcome", user
    print "login failed"

For other ways to implement authentication, see the description of the md5 module.


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