A password has to be provided in a configuration file called response file during the installation (response.ni) and uninstallation (remove.rsp) of eDirectory. The password has to be provided in the variable called 'Admin Password'.
The password has to be provided in clear text till eDirectory 8.8 SP6 and if the administrator forgets to delete the response file after an installation, upgrade, or uninstallation, then any users having access to the file can obtain the password.
This security problem is resolved by providing an option to enter the password in an environmental variable. Here is the format the user has to specify to enter the password in an environmental variable:
The Administrator can specify his own environmental variable in place of environmental_variable and it has to be set before the installation, upgrade, or uninstallation of Windows eDirectory. This will prevent leaking the administrator password to others.
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