[THIN] Re: OT - Linux Root Password Unknown


If you use lilo, you can boot with the options: 


Linux root=/dev/hda1,ro init=/sbin/sh 


This assumes that Linux is the name of your boot partition, and that
your 
root partition is /dev/hda1. After that, you have to remount the root 
partition read/write by: 


mount /dev/hda1 -t remount rw 


This assumes once agian that your root partition is /dev/hda1. After 
that, edit your /etc/shadow file and delete the encrypted part of root's
password. You can then reboot your machine. VERY IMPORTANT!!! Before 
rebooting you must remount your HD with read-only access via: 


mount /dev/hda1 -t remount ro 


Well, there you go. If you use GRUB, i'm not sure of the command line 
switches. 

Jon


On Tue, 2003-01-07 at 12:07, Gabe Knuth wrote:
> A client of ours lost their IT guy recently.  He was one of those
> "anti-documentation" guys, and was the ONLY ONE who knew the Linux root
> password.  Does anyone know how I can hack and crack my way into the
> system, or even if I can?
> 
> Thanks,
> Gabe
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