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Hiding Secrets in Terraform
Unfortunately, in order to set up most of these services you need usernames and passwords to be set - and since you can potentially change these passwords via Terraform then it stands to reason that Terraform is going to need be able to compare your old credentials with possible new ones.

To facilitate this it stores all settings, including usernames, passwords, port numbers and literally everything else in these tfstate files, in plain text.

This wasn’t something I’d have expected as the default behaviour. The documentation does suggest that you use a thing called Remote State (more on that later)
terraform  cloud  aws  passwords 
july 2018 by whip_lash
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