PasswordMasker provides a class that stores a password or other secure string (like an authorization token) and overrides the #inspect and #to_s methods to ensure you don't display your password in a terminal, log, or debug environment.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'passwordmasker'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install passwordmasker


irb(main):001:0> masker ='sooperseekret')
=> ********
irb(main):002:0> masker.to_s
=> "********"
irb(main):003:0> masker.inspect
=> "********"
irb(main):004:0> masker.value
=> "sooperseekret"

License and Authors

Author:: Chef Partner Engineering ([email protected])

Copyright:: Copyright (c) 2015 Chef Software, Inc.

License:: Apache License, Version 2.0

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