SCO UNIX root password reset

Posted on 2004-11-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
i have an older unix server running SCO 3.2v5.0.5.  I use unique passwords like "1a2b3c4b" and i forgot what i changed the root password too.  We change the passwords once every month and have never encountered a problem.  Now i must have mistyped it or wrote it down wrong because i cannot get it to root account.  I have other user accounts setup on the machine that i can logged into fine.  So i need help if it is possible to reset the password to my unix server.  This question is worth 500 points, it something that would save me a whole lot of work if i can get this changed.  thanks for all your time-  dane
Question by:danej256
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi danej256,

    Check out this SCO FAQ entry.. this should work for you as long as you have your install media or recovery diskettes:

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    Assisted Solution

    Please following the instructions in the following page, and you should be ok:


       PS: please note that after you mount the /root filesystem, on /mnt
             /tcb/files/auth/r/root becomes /mnt/tcb/files/auth/r/root
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    Expert Comment

    watch out for the many movies where the hero hacks into a root account as easily as he slips into his pyjamas ;)


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