> >>>I am working on an Army contract here in Iraq. I have inherited some
> >>>network monitoring systems that are running on Sun V210s with Solaris 9
> >>>installed. The problem is that I do not have the ROOT password.
> >>>These are some of the steps I have performed so far. I restart the
> >>>system. Perform a break sequence on the laptop that I have terminaled
> >>>into the server. I get the ">" prompt. I then type boor cdrom -s. At
> >>>this point I get the "enter Firmware Password" prompt. Two questions,
> >>>am I in the right place? and what is the firmware password?
> >>Your best bet, if it's an option, is to temporarily replace the boot
> >>disk drive with a spare (preferably one with a copy of Solaris on it
> >>for which you know the root password -- otherwise you'll have to install
> >>Solaris), boot up from that drive, and use the eeprom command to reset
> >>the firmware to no longer require a password. Then swap back to the
> >>original disk and proceed as you were.
> > Hmm, if he has a second system, he could pop this disk in as a add-on,
> > mount and edit and return it to the original system, but that needs
> > another system into which teh disk would fit as a second or nth disk.
> That's true. He could reset the root password that way and then proceed
> with the eeprom command. But it would take a second system rather than
> just a second disk.
Hmm, I dont think so, I dont think you can reset the firmware password
from the system, if that was possible it would be pointless to have one.
I believe you need the password to be able to reset it.
I might be wrong though, never been stupid enough to set it in the first
place, this since I believe it doesnt add enough security to warrant the
trouble it can make and with the easy ways around it if you have a second
system to mount the disks in anyway.
> > Thsi will not solve the fiormware password problem though, only delay
> > the effect of it by working around it.
> > BTW, removing RAM from the system will not reset the firmware password.
> > you would need to short (in a controllable way) the nvram that has it
> > stored, not something I recoomend for the normal user.
> > Better let Sun fix it.
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