Re: master.passwd -- securing
From: Rhys John (elite_bizkit_at_hotmail.com)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 11:44:14 +0000
Both accounts are now active but i would like to remove the encrypted
password from master.passwd and replace it with a *. Is this possible with
Thanks for your reply hugle
>From: hugle <email@example.com>
>Reply-To: hugle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: master.passwd -- securing
>Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 03:39:18 -0800
>RJ> Ive been playing with "vipw" trying to change passwords into "*" for a
>RJ> slightly higher level of security but ran into some very big problems.
>RJ> reading through the FreeBSD handbook it seemed all i had to do was
>RJ> the encrypted password with *, which is what i did. I thought it seemed
>RJ> bit odd but continued anyway. Foolishly (although i was quite tired) i
>RJ> this to both my user account and root. So they both had * as their
>RJ> and looked the same as every other entry in the file. I saved it and
>RJ> updated the database so i thought all was well and logged off to
>RJ> big mistake! The net result of this was not good, i couldnt access my
>RJ> account or root :( Anyway i had to cut the power to my PC since i
>RJ> shut it down because i was locked out. After that i went into single
>RJ> mode and changed the passwords back and its working now but i cant hide
>RJ> passwords. So i guess after all this rambling my question is how to i
>RJ> the password file? How do i change from the encrypted password to *
>RJ> screwing over my system? Any help would by much appreciated
>try doing that:
>#Forget your root pw?
>1. Reboot. when you see the "boot" prompt, type boot -s and hit enter
>2. run this command: fsck -p / && mount -u /
>3. use the `passwd` command to set a password for root
>4. reboot, done
>hope that helps..
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