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Provide a library method to generate secure random passwords in recipes.


Works on any platform with OpenSSL Ruby bindings installed, which are a requirement for Chef anyway.


Most often this will be used to generate a secure password for an attribute.

include Opscode::OpenSSL::Password

set_unless[:my_password] = secure_password

License and Author

Author:: Joshua Timberman (

Copyright:: 2009-2011, Opscode, Inc

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