[Tutor] forcing hashlib to has string variables

Luke Paireepinart rabidpoobear at gmail.com
Sun Sep 12 20:47:20 CEST 2010

This is how I use it (untested)
Import hashlib
Print hashlib.md5("somestr").hexdigest()

Works fine without using binary string.

On Sep 12, 2010, at 1:19 PM, Rance Hall <ranceh at gmail.com> wrote:

> Everybody knows you don't store plain text passwords in a database,
> you store hashes instead
> consider:
> userpass = getpass.getpass("User password? ")
> encuserpass = hashlib.md5()
> encuserpass.update(userpass)
> del userpass
> Now the documentation clearly states that if you are hashing a string
> you need to covert it to bytes first with a line like this:
> encuserpass.update(b"text string here")
> The "b" in this syntax is a shortcut to converting the string to bytes
> for hasing purposes.
> which means that the first code snippet fails, since I didnt convert
> the variable contents to bytes instead of text.
> I didn't see an example that addresses hashing the string contents of
> a variable.
> Whats missing in the above example that makes hashing the contents of
> a string variable work?
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