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post Mar 17 2006, 06:17 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I just started at a new company where the old net admin was fired. He did not write any passwords down for this one box running linux 2.4.22. I am to linux.

I need to get into this computer. How can I do this when I have no disks no anything? I need the info from it.

BTW: It is running a ftp server and I can get on to that!

Please help!!!

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post Mar 18 2006, 06:08 AM
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Its GNU/

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It would help to know what boot loader this system is using.
Also what linux distribution the system is running too.
You need to boot to single user mode and then use the passwd command to change the root password.

I assume this is really legit.
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post Mar 24 2006, 02:35 AM
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RMS is my Hero

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If you boot into single user mode, it'll still ask for a root password.

I suggest grabbing a live CD (Ubuntu, DSL, Knoppix, etc.) and mounting the partition containing the linux system.

Assuming it's 'hda1':
mkdir /mnt/hda1
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
chroot /mnt/hda1 /bin/bash
passwd root
[enter the new passwords]
shutdown -h now

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