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Forgotten Password - Good Guy Box Cracking
by David A. Bandel
The other day I had the opportunity to test personally breaking into
half a dozen different e2.4 boxes. The client had installed the boxes
about two weeks ago and forgot the root password.

Anyway, the first thing I found out is that the following is the easiest
and most foolproof (not to mention fastest) way to do this:

on either the GRUB or LILO boot line, put: init=/bin/sh
when you have a root prompt, do the following:
mount -n -o remount,rw /
passwd root
(provide new password twice)
mount -n -o remount,ro /
sync;sync;sync
hit the reset switch

Ciao,

David A. Bandel
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