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Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:03:47 pm »
Installed P4 for a friend about 3 months ago.

He has been in hospital and has forgotten password.

Any way to retrieve it.

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« Last Edit: January 29, 2014, 08:27:16 pm by Jocklad »

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 05:12:29 pm »
Hi Jocklad

Here's a tutorial that should help

http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-recover-root-password-under-linux-with-single-user-mode/


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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 05:39:29 pm »
No way to retrieve it, but you can reset it by following the instructions in the link by Emegra.

ie. by adding "single" to the end of the kernel boot line .. then running "passwd" and entering the new password twice

Any problems, let us know.

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For reference, here's a link to another way to enter "single user mode" and reset a lost password:
http://foralllinux.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/how-to-reset-root-password-in-ubuntu.html

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 08:26:30 pm »

 After much mind searching managed to get the password.

 Were up and running.

 Thanks for your help Guys.

 Jocklad   :) :) :) :) :)

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 11:27:38 pm »
Did you try resetting the password with either Emegra's or my links ? .. just wondering ?
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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014, 06:50:26 am »

 He managed to remember the password Mark.(After many attempts)

 Lesson learned....Be very careful.

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 09:47:15 am »
Doesn't this represent a pretty major security risk?

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 09:50:41 am »
Not really .. you'd need local access, and it's possible to password protect GRUB if you want.

That said, if they have local access pretty much anything that's not encrypted is at risk on any PC/OS
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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2014, 12:08:35 pm »
I guess that's true, you could always boot a liveCD then mount the HDD & change what you like (unless the BIOS was locked down & preventing non-HDD booting)

Just seems a bit wrong to be that easy (thinking from a corporate standpoint)...I guess it wouldn't be possible from a thin client, so maybe that's another argument for them!

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Re: Peppermint 4....lost password (Solved)
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014, 12:25:33 pm »
In a corporate environment the system admin should password protect the GRUB bootloader so it can't be edited in this manner ;)

And any sensitive data should be on a secured server anyway .. preferably one that wouldn't allow the client to log on after a password change.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2014, 12:28:23 pm by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) »
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