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JesseMor 09-09-2004 12:07 PM

password recovery
I am trying to get into an inherited computer with Linux 2.0.35.

Have found and read several articles on recovery from lost passwords.
All suggest entering something at the LILO prompt. I have tried all variations that I can think of, including those listed here: linux single


linux 1


linux init=/bin/sh rw

init=/bin/sh rw

linux init=/bin/bash


I have preceded the above with all of the entries here( tab, shift, alt, enter, ctrl+x, prior to linux single, etc.)………no luck.

I know that what I'm trying to do is possible, as I personally witnessed same a few years ago and the person did not have a boot floppy/disk or anything other than the knowledge that I'm looking for ( wish I had contact with him now!).

Is anyone out there able to steer me in the right direction??

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

J.W. 09-09-2004 03:41 PM

This article from may be helpful to you -- J.W.

unSpawn 09-10-2004 06:18 PM

Just to make clear: it's the hash of the password that is stored, not the password itself.
That doesn't make actual recovery totally impossible, just harder if a proper passwd was used.

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