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Old 03-07-2007, 10:12 AM   #16
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You could use a Live CD...
I know it could be done using a Live CD, but I'm uncomfortable with the idea that anyone who can reboot and see the Grub login screen could trivially gain root access. As I said, I have not been able to accomplish it, but if it can be done, on an up-to-date Debian (Etch) system, I want to know.
Old 03-14-2007, 09:33 PM   #17
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I just now remembered because I had to do it... But I _knew_ there was a way to get into a Debian box from grub.. Instead of booting with 'single' or '-s' which asks for a password, boot with this:

I was unable to change my password this time (I have brain farts often) because I could not remember how to remount / as writable... But once its up, just remount the root partition as writable and then run 'passwd' to change the password.

Old 02-18-2009, 10:02 PM   #18
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root reset without single user mode

at the grub prompt, edit the boot option line to include

Then do
mount -o remount,rw /
And then the point of the exercise....
passwd root
Old 02-18-2009, 10:28 PM   #19
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Did you realize this was originally from 2005 and most recently from 2007?


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