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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:41:14 -0500
From: Robert Moskowitz <>
To: "geo.inbox.ignored" <>,
Subject: Re: Need a little help cracking one password

On 12/12/2016 12:14 AM, geo.inbox.ignored wrote:
> *re-sending* 1st attempt did not post
> On 12/10/2016 11:43 PM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>> I wish to crack a root password from one of my servers.  For practical
>> reasons, I cannot reboot the system in single user mode and change the
>> password.  I have done this times past for other servers.
> }}
> one does not always need JtR for password problems.
> you do not mention what distrib you are using, so i pass
> along what will work with centos 6.8
> ]$ sudo sh

The problem I created for myself is this distro comes without sudo and I 
did not add it.

Bad move on my part, but I had always used 'su' and did not notice sudo 
was absent until I needed it.


> [sudo] password for geo:
> sh-4.1# passwd
> Changing password for user root.
> New password:
> Retype new password:
> passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
> sh-4.1# exit
> ]$
> if you did not create a 'user' account for server, then your
> problem is one that you brought on yourself for not having
> done so.
> a rule to _remember_, if you create a system, *always* create
> a 'user' for system so that you do not have to run as 'root',
> except when running at level 1.
> hth.
> much luck.

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