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|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] I was really really dumb
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On 8/4/2014 1:43 AM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 03, 2014 at 09:50:55PM -0400, Contrarian wrote:
>> I let someone look at my laptop for a "free diagnostic"
>> for some minor issue
>> yes, he had the root password.
>> The next time I booted up my user password would not work.
>> the system simply would not accept it. (for some reason it usually
>> doesn't "take" ther first time)
>> Not on the desktop or for a shell.
>> I logged in as root. changed the user password.
>> When I came to shut down the *root* password was not accepted.
>> Ruben looked at it last Monday.
>> after a colloquy along the lines of or
>> R: This is Linux not $OTHER_OS, things don't "just happen"
>> what did you DO?
>> J: I didn't do anything but change the user password.
>> I don't think I've ever done anything as root other than
>> shut down (and change some file permissions once or twice)
>> Then I recollected my folly.
>> He fixed it, many thanks. this was not the usual workaround
>> for a forgotten root password.
>> I don't have the details; ask him if you want to know.
>> Never again.
> For whatever it is worth, I tried to boot the system from a opensuse
> resue "live" cd and changed the /etc/shadow and /etc/passwd files for
> the root user to a null password. This did not work for some reason. I
> was stumped and still stumped as to why this wouldn't work.
> Then I mounted the actual filesystem to the root using chroot and tried to run the
> passwd command. That failed because of a lack of acces to /dev/urand
> So I mounted with unity all the system and proc directories and THEN
> chrooted the file system and ran passwd. That did work.
Ok, so that's how you fixed it. I'm still unclear what this guy did to
JoAnn's notebook and why.
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