How to determine saved passwords for Oracle tables linked to an MS Access front end

Hi -
I have inherited several MS Access databases where Access serves as a front end to an Oracle 10g database.  All of the tables were linked with the "save password" option.  I am adding new tables and would like to keep the uid/pwd consistent rather than just create a new user in Oracle.  I can hover over the linked table names in MS Access to see the connect strings and find the correct UID, but the password is not displayed (that I can tell). Documentation is lacking and the former DBA/programmer has disappeared so I can't ask him what the current passwords are and none of the users has a clue what their password might be since they have never been asked to provide it.  When linking tables with the save password option, a caution message states that the passwords are saved as regular text, so I know they are SOMEWHERE, but I can't find them.  Can you tell me how to locate the saved passwords?
Thanks,
Jackie S.
Alaska SeaLife Center
aksealifeIS ManagerAsked:
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Connect With a Mentor Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
At some point, you're going to HAVE to know the password. If not, then you're just out of luck.

You would probably be better off adding a user to the Oracle system and reworking the DSN to work with that user.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
How are the currently linked tables connecting? Are they using a DSN - that is, when you view the Connect info, do you see something like this:

ODBC;DSN=PwdTest;UID=MyUserID;APP=Microsoft Office 2010;DATABASE=MyDatabase;;TABLE=dbo.MyTable

If so, you can just use that DSN when adding linked tables.
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aksealifeIS ManagerAuthor Commented:
Yes, the DSN is in the connect string - but if I use the "external data -> ODBC database->link ->choose tables to link" route to link tables, I have to provide the DSN and am still prompted to enter UID and password.  I tried just entering the UID but it didn't work (I didn't really expect it to).  (Example attached)

I can try linking tables using the current UID via VBA and a connect string, but I'm still not sure where the password would be coming from.
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aksealifeIS ManagerAuthor Commented:
Setting up a new user was my alternative, I will go with that based on your second opinion.  Thanks!
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
The solution to this was "you can't do that", which is an acceptable answer. In other words, you can't determine the password based solely on the DSN or the connection string - you'd have to know this in order to use either. My comment of "At some point you're going to HAVE to know the password" would seem to be a clear indication of that.

I'm sorry that your original question wasn't answered, but unfortunately there IS no answer - it can't be done legally (you could hack the password, I'm sure, but obviously you don't want to do that).

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aksealifeIS ManagerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, you are correct - "Can't be done" IS an answer.  I hadn't thought of it that way...
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Please review this, based on the last comments from myself and the author. It would seem that my answer here: http:#a35111645 is the solution.
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