The password is visible as cleartext when entered but is encrypted thereafter. It is by default and there is no way to "decrypt" ciphertext passwords back to plain text, so you can see them in 'show run' as plain text. Technically it's a hash.Q: Does the above password entered as plaintext gets changed to the following automatically in the config?A: Yes, it does get changed automaticallyQ: what option in the config does this conversion from plaintext to ciphertext?A: It is default unchangeable behavior.Q: Why don't we enter the command with ciphertext option when it is already available?A: No idea why you don't do it, this option should be available:
6000(config)# user test password ciphertext ?
PASSWORD User's ciphertext password
6000(config)# user test password ciphertext
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