Changing password without /bin/passwd
Posted on 1998-06-03
I have a Linux slakware system, with two accounts: one with login name ventnor, and the other root. The root account was set up unpassworded, which is obviously a bad thing. My problem is that my system doesn't have a /bin/passwd program (or a passwd program in any other directory, apart from /usr/bin/passwd, which has nothing in it); so I'm wondering 1)how my system manages to authenticate me when I log in as ventnor (/etc/passwd has an encrypted field corresponding to "ventnor") and 2) how I can password my root account. I *do* have a /bin/logic binary. I'm probably missing something very obvious here, but I'd be grateful for any help.