How to recover root password

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Tue Aug 5 21:55:31 UTC 2008

Aaron Konstam wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-03 at 22:30 -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
>> Ricky wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I had a root passwd which was so secure that even i cannot remember
>> it 
>>> now, lol!
>>> Can Someone help as to how i can recover it!!!!???
>>> Any suggestions???
>> If the owner of the system was even slightly security conscious there
>> is 
>> not only a root password, but a grub password, a boot sequence which 
>> only includes the disk, and a BIOS password so the boot sequence
>> can't 
>> be changed.
>> If the system is secure you also need the passwords for each
>> encrypted 
>> filesystem.
>> These are good steps to follow, particularly with a laptop, even if
>> you 
>> think you never answered any questions, keep no secure information,
>> etc.
> Except to some of us you are being paranoid. But I admit it depends on
> the environment you work in.
Cautious. None of these things imposes a performance impact on runtime, 
except a tiny one for the disk encryption to be picky. I try to care for 
the data I have as if I might have to explain to a security agent why I 

> An OT story about this. I was in the roo0m when a SUN representative
> told some members of the AF Security Command that Java was arriving that
> could download software to your machine through the web. They nearly had
> a heart attack. These are people who run computers in copper cages to
> prevent data transmission through the air.. That is a security feature
> you did not mention.

I have had DOD and DOE clearance and worked in TEMPEST secure rooms, but 
I agree that sometimes people need a good paranoid. Someone who wakes up 
at 2am with one more item for the list kept for the time management 
slips up and asks "what could possibly go wrong?"

I have quit jobs because management would not sign off in writing when 
they declined best practice, and been reassigned for refusing to follow 
orders without a written sign off. I can find another job, I can't find 
another reputation.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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