RHEL 6.1+ supports SHA-2 bootloader passwords, but what about kickstart?

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  • As of RHEL 6.1, GRUB supports non-md5-hashed passwords, i.e., SHA-256 & SHA-512 (see How do I secure GRUB with a SHA-2 hashed password? for details)
    The RHEL6 Installation Guide's Kickstart Options section has an --md5pass option for the bootloader kickstart parameter, but given that this kickstart option explicitly mentions md5: how can a SHA-512-hashed bootloader password be set in kickstart?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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