Ok last time I made a password generator, it was fun.  Really it was.

No REALLY! I’m not lying!

Then a buddy Joel "Jaykul” Bennett showed me really cool Password generator in Powershell on Poshcode.org . It would generate semi pronouncable passwords using a series of Arrays contains the sets of characters and the ‘Switch’ Statement

It was incredible, but I looked at it and thought “I’d like to improve upon it”

So I tried

Then end result Has all of the arrays combined into one Dynamic Array, a more universal function to eliminate much of the code, and the ability to pop the new password to the Clipboard, Straight text and SecureString.

I think it could still be improved upon.  I’d like to go the next level sometime and have a giant source dictionary, having the system optionally generate quasi “l33t sp34k” passwords.

But for now? I’m happy. 

Here’s the function and you’re happy to take IT to the next level.

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Function global:GET-NEWpassword( $Length, $Complexity) {

# $Length variable serves a dual Purpose
# It assumes nobody wants a tiny password less than
# 8 characters so anything less than than it used
# to pull up one of 8 predined password templates

    If ($Length -eq $NULL) { $Length = 0 }

# If you’re going "100%" random you can provide a second
# value which is complexity.
# 1 – just random lowercase letter3
# 3 – is pretty decent (upper/lower/numbers)
# 9 – is "Muah hahaahahahahah!!!"

    If ($Complexity -eq $NULL) { $Complexity = 3 }

# If password Length provided is less than eight
# Function will use one of 8 predefined templates

# Default Settings 8 Character SemiPronouncable Password from a previous
# password generator on Poshcode.org
# These are predinable password sets, as long as you like, max *8*
# C = Upper Case Consanant
# c = Lower Case Consanant
# L = Upper Case Alphabet
# l = Lower Case Alphabet
# D = Decimal numbers
# h = Hexidecimal series with Lowercase a-f
# H = Hexidecimal series with Uppercase A-F
# * = Any defined character in the sets



# All character sets are part of a single Dynamic Array which you
# can easily add to

#Decimal Numbers
#Lowercase Vowels
#Uppercase Vowels
#HexadecimalNumbers (lowercase on the a-f)
#HexadecimalNumbers (UPPERCASE on the A-F)
#Lowercase Consonants
#Uppercase Consonants

# This variable is important.  If you ADD to the Array
# It checks the size for all of the calculations below
# First Character in the Array such as l,L,d,v etc
# identifies the contents of that row of the array
# such as lowercaseletter, UPPERCASELETTER, Decimalnumber
# vowel


# Here is part of the magic
# If we have a password length less than 8 supplied
# from the parameter, we will call up one of 8
# predefined templates and use THAT format for
# the password.

    If ($Length -lt 8)
        $PasswordTemplate = $PasswordTemplateList[$Length];
        $Complexity = $Arraysize
# Otherwise it is a large password and we will build
# A Pseudo template where each character is our "*"
# wildcard

        Foreach ($count in 1..$Length)
        { $PasswordTemplate+="*" }

# Blank out the new Password for good measure, JUST CUZ!

# First loop.  Look at and ACT upon each character in the template
# to produce the appropriate content for that position in the
# password

Foreach ( $item in 0..(($passwordTemplate.Length)-1) ) {
    $Asciiset = $passwordtemplate[$item]

# Here is our second loop.  We’re going to match the Type of
# Character being used against the master list in the array
# When found, we use that set

# Special scenario.  If we’re doing a "Wildcard" "*" then we have to pick
# a random set from the Array to be able to pick a random character

    If ($AsciiSet -eq "*"){ $Asciiset=$AsciiArray[(GET-RANDOM $Complexity)][0]}

# While the two don’t match, keep checking the sets.

    while ([byte][char]$AsciiSet -ne [byte][char]($AsciiArray[$Arraypos][0])){$Arraypos++}

# $Arraypos holds the correct set.  Pull out the String of Characters
# Get the length of the array, and use GET-RANDOM to pick a byte


# Now add that to the password

    $NewPassword+=$String.substring((GET-RANDOM $StringLength),1)

# End of loop – this goes on until the password is built


    # this line doesn’t work in Windows XP natively, but you can download a utility
    # called "ToClip" that does the same thing.  REplace "Clip" with "ToClip"
    # http://www.fullspan.com/proj/toclip/index.html
    # Send the password to the Clipboard

    $NewPassword | clip

    # Return the password in Plaintext and as Secure-String

    Return $NewPassword, (CONVERTTO-Securestring $NewPassword -asplaintext -force)


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