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Old 07-30-2003, 10:46 PM   #1
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Question Quick...password Recovery

I'm with a copy of a friend HD that has slack 8 on it, so what's the file where I can find the password even if it's encrypted
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Old 07-30-2003, 11:39 PM   #2
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well the passwords are stored in /etc/passwd along with other information. this file is readable to all accounts. However instead of a DES or MD5 hash there may be a * for a password. that is called shadowing. that means that the hash is in /etc/shadow. I believe that slack 8 does use shadowing. /etc/shadow is not readble to all accounts (only root)

supposing you get the encrypted hash, you could only crack it if the password is on a wordlist...

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Old 07-31-2003, 05:46 AM   #3
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Boot the computer off a Slackware boot disk.

Mount the hard disk of the machine.

As root, edit /etc/shadow and /etc/passwd and remove the ecnrypted password, which is right after the "root:" entry. That should do the trick.

Important!! the format of the files is this:

name : password : info : info : info : shell

You should only remove the password, but leave everything else, including the ":" intact or you are in trouble...

Of course, I have no idea what I am talking about... So don't come to me if it does not work (or if it screws up your friend's machine)...


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