PuTTY bug cmdline-pw-fallback-to-interactive

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summary: Unintended fallback to interactive password prompt if -pw fails
class: bug: This is clearly an actual problem we want fixed.
difficulty: fun: Just needs tuits, and not many of them.
fixed-in: a82ab70b0bf418a7c18d07e0090bbf194f795cbe (0.77)

If you specify a login password on PuTTY's command line, and the server rejects that password, the intended behaviour is that PuTTY abandons the attempt at password login completely.

In fact, before 0.77, what would happen was that PuTTY would fall back to prompting interactively for a password, as if the one provided on the command line had been a mistyped first attempt.

This wasn't the intended behaviour, so we've restored it to the original intention. So if you have obsolete passwords in command lines, they will now cause login failure rather than a fallback to an interactive prompt.

This applies to both the deprecated -pw option and the newly introduced -pwfile.

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(last revision of this bug record was at 2022-05-15 14:15:31 +0100)