any way to recover root password on 5.2
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Thu May 6 02:48:35 PDT 2004
On Thu, May 06, 2004 at 12:28:18PM +0300, Gregory Edigarov wrote:
> I forgot root pasword on my just installed server.
> I've tryed to recover it by going to single user, then doing
> mount -a; passwd root, but no success. It says "entropy device
> blocking. Dance fandago on keyboard to unlock".
> what can I do?
Like it says, type a lot of gibberish into the keyboard. One of the
places the system can derive randomness from is the time interval
between key presses. If you're worried about accidentally typing a
command and hosing your system, then you can start by doing:
# cat >/dev/null
type arbitrary stuff for a few minutes, and then hit Ctrl-D.
Then try re-running passwd(1).
Alternatively you can edit /etc/master.passwd using vipw(1) and simply
delete the crypttext of the password for the root account. Then boot
back into multi user, and immediately log in as root and set a new
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks
PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow
Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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