Re: Debian Failure Setting Password
You are probably correct. I didn't think about encryption. I'm going
to give the system rescue cd another shot.
On 11/3/07, Andrew Sackville-West <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 08:47:27PM -0700, Redefined Horizons wrote:
> > I've run into a problem after I performed the following:
> >  Changed the password for my root user with the usermod command.
> >  Changed the password of a non-root user with the usermod command.
> according to man usermod, the --password command expects an encrypted
> password. did you supply encrypted passwords?
> >  Added a new user with a password using the useradd command.
> > After making these changes I could no longer log in as the root user
> > or the non-root user for whom I changed the password. I also could not
> > log in as the new user. I tried this with both old and new passwords.
> > (All user names were recognized, but Debian is telling me the
> > passwords are incorrect.)
> > I booted with the System Rescue CD and followed the advice at this link:
> > http://www.debianadmin.com/forgot-root-password-or-reset-root-password-in-debian.html
> > When I edited the etc/shadow file I found the passwords for the root
> > user, non-root user, and new user to be exactly as I had set them with
> > the usermod and useradd commands. The passwords are the same ones that
> > failed. I reset them using nano and System Rescue CD.
> did you reset them or delete them? I think you need to delete them
> (remove the characters between the first and second colon) because
> they get stored in an encrypted method. You'd have to know what wacky
> string to type so that the encrypted output matches whatever plain
> text is in there...
> I think go back in through system rescue cd, delete the passwords, log
> in with blank passwords and then change them using passwd.
> > After a reboot the original passwords, the new passwords, and the
> > passwords reset using the System Rescue CD all failed.
> > Note: I had one existing non-root user whose password I did not
> > modify. I can still log into my system using this user. I am know
> > backing up that users data in case I have to reinstall.
> > Does anyone have any idea what is going on? I'm really wishing that I
> > wouldn't have reset that root password now. It's the last time I'll
> > ever do that.
> well, better to learn to do it properly than not do it at all...
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