ACL GENPASS [bits]
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ACL users need a solid password in order to authenticate to the server without
security risks. Such password does not need to be remembered by humans, but
only by computers, so it can be very long and strong (unguessable by an
external attacker). The
ACL GENPASS command generates a password starting
from /dev/urandom if available, otherwise (in systems without /dev/urandom) it
uses a weaker system that is likely still better than picking a weak password
By default (if /dev/urandom is available) the password is strong and
can be used for other uses in the context of a Redis application, for
instance in order to create unique session identifiers or other kind of
unguessable and not colliding IDs. The password generation is also very cheap
because we don't really ask /dev/urandom for bits at every execution. At
startup Redis creates a seed using /dev/urandom, then it will use SHA256
in counter mode, with HMAC-SHA256(seed,counter) as primitive, in order to
create more random bytes as needed. This means that the application developer
should be feel free to abuse
ACL GENPASS to create as many secure
pseudorandom strings as needed.
The command output is a hexadecimal representation of a binary string. By default it emits 256 bits (so 64 hex characters). The user can provide an argument in form of number of bits to emit from 1 to 1024 to change the output length. Note that the number of bits provided is always rounded to the next multiple of 4. So for instance asking for just 1 bit password will result in 4 bits to be emitted, in the form of a single hex character.
Bulk string reply: by default 64 bytes string representing 256 bits of pseudorandom data. Otherwise if an argument if needed, the output string length is the number of specified bits (rounded to the next multiple of 4) divided by 4.
> ACL GENPASS "dd721260bfe1b3d9601e7fbab36de6d04e2e67b0ef1c53de59d45950db0dd3cc" > ACL GENPASS 32 "355ef3dd" > ACL GENPASS 5 "90"