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When I was trying to mount a network share on boot by adding the following line to the /etc/fstab file:

//<server>/folder  /home/pi/target  cifs username=<username>,password=<password>,nofail,x-systemd.automount,x-systemd.requires=network-online.target,x-systemd.automount,vers=3.0  0 0


I noticed that I have to put my password there in plain text. So I was just wondering if it was possible to hide the password or encrypt it in the way that the system can read it. Any help, much appreciated.

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Try Python utility cifscloak.

sudo pip3 install cifscloak

https://github.com/sudoofus/cifscloak

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