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From: Tanstaafl <tanstaafl@×××××××××××.org>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Resetting the root passwd
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:48:59
1 Ok, I did something really dumb...
3 I changed the root passwd for a system I manage last week, but neglected
4 to write it down, and now what I *thought* I had changed it to isn't
5 working... I know, I know, really *really* dumb, but that's where I am...
7 I know I can boot into Single User mode, remount the root partition
8 read/write, and edit /etc/shadow (removing the encrypted passwd), then
9 rest it using passwd, but...
11 Some of the accounts in /etc/shadow have a '*' where the encrypted
12 passwd would be, and some have a '!'... (ie, one is sshd:!:... and
13 another is halt:*:...)
15 Does it matter what I change it to? Should I use a *, !, or nothing at
16 all (so that there is *nothing* between the two :: that would normally
17 contain the encrypted passwd)?
19 Thanks...


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] Resetting the root passwd Hinnerk van Bruinehsen <h.v.bruinehsen@×××××××××.de>
Re: [gentoo-user] Resetting the root passwd Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] Resetting the root passwd Tamer Higazi <th982a@××××××××××.com>