Summary :Re: ref root passwd problem

From: Jonathan Birchall <>
Date: Fri Jun 01 2007 - 03:05:10 EDT
Thanks for all the replies, however the suggestion - boot from CDROM was
not an option as this is a production machine and we would have done
this if possible.

The solution to getting over the initial problem was to modify vi with
suid on a machine with an nfs mount and copy this to nfs mounted file
system, bad practice I know to have this writable by root but that's
what the client needed. We could then edit the shadow file and get

However, the question as to why the prompt came back immediately, rather
than the pause is puzzling, as is why the restoring of a known good
shadow file didn't allow login, I suspect password aging but maybe
someone could expand on this.


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