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Re: Password Recovery


I just had to do this to my laptop and it works well. This is a direct quote 
of the mail I saved off this same list:

reboot the machine.  When lilo comes up, tap shift.  your prompt should change
to LILO boot:

type linux init=/bin/sh

mount -o remount -o rw /dev/hda1 /    (assuming your partition is hda1, of


change your password now, it'll tell you it was changed successfully.

and reboot

you'll be all set then =)

This is why you never a) let your boss near the machine b) give him the root
passwords c) leave a console logged in for him to "play with and learn from"


On Sunday 13 May 2001 20:27, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> On Sun, May 13, 2001 at 10:55:59PM -0400, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> > On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:36:57PM +1200, Shirmay Li wrote:
> > > Hi,  We use Debian Gnu/Linux 2.1. The root password is lost(yes we are
> > > kicking ourselves). I've tried to boot into the single user mode by
> > > typing linux single at the lilo boot: to recover the password. But the
> > > method does not work. Could you tell the proper way please?
> >
> >     Try adding "init=/bin/bash" at the boot prompt. Then you should be
> > able to mount the root filesystem and get at the passwd file.
> I do not know for slink but for potato, you need to remount root, too.
> So after above,
> init-2.03# mount -n -t remount,rw /
> init-2.03# mount -avt nonfs,noproc,nosmbfs
> See http://www.aokiconsulting.com/quick/ch3.html#s-crackroot for
> details and more options.


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