How to log in as root w/o emer floppy

How to log in as root w/o emer floppy

Post by Donovan Ch » Sat, 08 Jul 1995 04:00:00



Hi all, I got a call from one of our bases in Florida.
They are running SCO 3.2R4.2 and have the following problem:
The previous sysadm left the job and with him went the root password
and emergency floppies.  Long military related story.
Now, I've read the FAQ and I know that the emerg floppies are
essential to logging as root but as I'v mentioned... no floppies.

What are my choices besides flying there and reloading the entire
system? Is there any way that I can use the serial number and
activation key to get in??              
I have my set of emergency floppy but even though the machines are
similar make and drive, everything else is different and come to
think of it, I'm not too sure the drives are exact except they are
IDEs.  
If anyone can provide any assistance, I would greatly appreciate it.

Donovan

 
 
 

How to log in as root w/o emer floppy

Post by Chris Ruprec » Mon, 10 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Hi Donovan

   Hi all, I got a call from one of our bases in Florida.
   They are running SCO 3.2R4.2 and have the following problem:
   The previous sysadm left the job and with him went the root password
   and emergency floppies.  Long military related story.
   Now, I've read the FAQ and I know that the emerg floppies are
   essential to logging as root but as I'v mentioned... no floppies.

   What are my choices besides flying there and reloading the entire
   system? Is there any way that I can use the serial number and
   activation key to get in??              
   I have my set of emergency floppy but even though the machines are
   similar make and drive, everything else is different and come to
   think of it, I'm not too sure the drives are exact except they are
   IDEs.  
   If anyone can provide any assistance, I would greatly appreciate it.

You can use your disks to get into that box as long as your drives and
controller are the same in both boxes. After that, you can mount the
root drive as /dev/hd0root and edit the .../etc/shadow and the
../tcb/... files to take out the root password. Then shutdown and
reboot, should work. Unfortunately, the serial number/activation key
don't help at all.

Kind regards,
Chris

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How to log in as root w/o emer floppy

Post by John R. Harri » Mon, 10 Jul 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

> You can use your disks to get into that box as long as your drives and
> controller are the same in both boxes. After that, you can mount the
> root drive as /dev/hd0root and edit the .../etc/shadow and the
> ../tcb/... files to take out the root password. Then shutdown and
> reboot, should work. Unfortunately, the serial number/activation key
> don't help at all.

Actually, can't you just chroot to the mount point, set path and run
passwd to change it?  You shouldn't have to futz about with shadow and
tcb stuff directly...

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