Gain root access after login in to the Ubuntu 8.04.4 as a standard user (password forget)

Posted on 2013-09-23
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Last Modified: 2013-10-12
Hi Ubuntu Gurus/Experts,

This some rare situations, I used to SSH to the server by Xmanager SSH client and I forget to note down the password which I have given. So now I can log in to the server as a standard user but can't gain the root access by typing the same password.

I hope all gurus/experts will help me on this ?

Waiting.... !
Question by:Shakthi777
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Author Comment

ID: 39515385
This is a VM hosted on ESXi 4.1 and how I log in as a standard user is by remembered password by Xmanager SSH client.

Author Comment

ID: 39515791
My requirement was genuine, and I have been able to find my password by performing a work around, if moderators are agree I can post the steps here.

Expert Comment

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That server has sudo rights enabled ?

if it does try sudo su -
then type your password, you have the correct rights; you would be able to switch to root account

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by:Duncan Roe
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@Shakthi777: I gave the Moderators a nudge on your behalf :)

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Sorry for taking much longer to respond to this,

Below are my steps;

1. Install Windows XP on a BOX or in a VM
2. Install Xmanager on the above Windows XP instant
3. Import Xmanager session file to the new machine
4. Installed VuPassword unmask tool http://vupassword.software.informer.com

This unmask password strategy works only in Windows XP

So, VuPassword unmask me the password which I was looking for (y) !
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by:Duncan Roe
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@Shakthi777: Thanks for that

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I have being able to resolve my problem !

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