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Old 05-26-2006, 06:57 PM   #1
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Root password not working...


Please help me. My root password is not working. I was trying to change the password for another user, and i think i accidentally changed the root password. in grub, i added "single" to the end or the kernel argument line, and got root access that way. After that, i tried to change the password as root, but it will not let me. i get a "Token manipulation error". How can i change the password? Thank You.
 
Old 05-26-2006, 07:24 PM   #2
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I am not sure of the answer but using the search feature here on this site showed many post on the subject. Search using
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:06 PM   #3
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Since in single mode, you are the root user, you can zero out the root password, then reboot normally. Edit out the characters between the first two colons in the /etc/shadow file's root record.

After you boot up again, you can log in without a password and use the "passwd" program to set a new password.

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Old 05-26-2006, 09:35 PM   #4
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Yes. thats exactly what i did. right now im running w/o a root password. i booted up fully and logged in fine w/o a password, but i still cannot change the password. i get the same problem, "passwd: Authentication Failure"
 
Old 05-27-2006, 10:03 AM   #5
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Did not mention distro you were using. I am guessing Pam is enabled and this is stopping you from using the passwd command. I am not sure but if logged in as root and not needing a password then I think you can modify /etc/pamd.passwd file if it exist. In it at the top ad the line.
Code:
auth    sufficient      pam_permit.so
Save and exit. Try to change the password now.

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