[sf-lug] recovery from loss of root password
cheselka at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 14:07:20 PDT 2007
You can mount the drive and then chroot to it in recovery/single-user mode.
mount /dev/hda1 /tmp/hda1
This has the advantage that you don't boot up with a passwordless root
account. Now-a-days, you would have to go through the logical volume
lvchange -a y VolGroup00
mount /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /tmp/LogVol00
On 9/19/07, Kristian Erik Hermansen <kristian.hermansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/18/07, Alex Kleider <a_kleider at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Recovering from loss of root password:
> > There are a couple of documented methods of recovering when a root
> > password is forgotten:
> > 1. if boot loader is lilo, the boot: Linux init=/bin/sh option is
> > supposed to provide a shell with root privileges and further details
> > are documented in the Debian tips chapter (8) of the Debian Reference
> > Unfortunately this is of little use since Debian now uses GRUB, not
> > LILO.
> > Preliminary question: is there an equivalent GRUB boot option?
> As far as I know, init=/bin/sh is just an option being passed to the
> kernel, so this works exactly the same way using GRUB. Correct me if
> I am wrong here. I haven't used lilo since probably 2001, heh...
> Another more unusual way to recover the root credentials is to log on
> as a normal user and then elevate to id=0 via a localized kernel
> exploit. Then just reset your passwd...
> Kristian Erik Hermansen
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