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Re: [SLE] Root password corrupt?
  • From: Chadley Wilson <chadley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 08:29:34 +0200
  • Message-id: <200505260829.34062.chadley@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thursday 26 May 2005 07:56, Michael James wrote:
> On Thu, 26 May 2005 03:26 pm, suse_gasjr4wd@xxxxxxx wrote:
> > Problem box-
> > Standard install...not too much funky but all suse stuff. 9.0
> >
> > This is the third time I can't log in as admin on this box.
>
> "admin"? Do you mean "root"?
>
> > During the installs,
> > it asks me if I want to encrypt the passwords,
> > I hit yes. Is that a mistake?
>
> Linux always encrypts the passwords,
> choices for encryption are: crypt, md5, and blowfish.
> Which one you use doesn't affect reliability
> but crypt is probably a bit insecure these days.
>
> > I'm getting tired of doing reinstalls.
>
> Hey, you're not running windows any more,
> the only reason I have EVER re-installed SuSE
> is to get the latest greatest version.
>
> > I'm running 9.0 on this box.
>
> Not the LGV but fine fine.
>
> > Even sitting right in front of the box,
> > my password doesn't work.
> > (and yes, I checked caps lock) ;\
>
> So are you trying to log in as root at the main login screen?
> or are you trying for a samba share (that's very different).
>
> > *Would changing keyboards and mice all the time affect it?
> > I donĀ¹t keep them connect until I need to...
> > most of the time it's up and running...
> > and I may not use the same ones.
>
> If your keyboard switched into a different locale
> it could mean the keys aren't what is written on them.
> Try typing your password into the username space where you can see it,
> does it come out correct?
>
> > Anything before I reinstall the OS???
>
> Plenty, it is possible you have lost control of the root password,
> ie; the encrypted string in the shadow file
> isn't anything you will ever guess.
>
> As long as you have physical control of the machine
> you can boot a rescue system,
> mount the root partition and edit a new password into /etc/shadow.
>
> The rescue system will be on CD1 from ANY version of SuSE.
>
> If you need more instructions, ask,
> michaelj
>
>
>
>
> --
> Michael James michael.james@xxxxxxxx
> System Administrator voice: 02 6246 5040
> CSIRO Bioinformatics Facility fax: 02 6246 5166
>
> Internet Explorer is fine for downloading Firefox,
> but after that....
Worst case senario boot single mode or init 1 and run passwd

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Chadley Wilson
Redhat Certified Technician
Cert Number: 603004708291270
Pinnacle Micro
Manufacturers of Proline Computers
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