[SunHELP] How to reset smc password on Solaris 10?

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 17:01:54 CST 2005

On 11/1/05, Steve Sandau <ssandau at gwi.net> wrote:
> > I've "inherited" a system whose previous admin is no longer with us.
> > I reset the root password in the usual way.  However, I have not found
> > any way to reset the smc (Solaris 10) password.  The machine is highly
> > configured, so starting over with a clean disk is not a realistic
> > option.  How can root reset root's smc password on a Solaris 10 system?
> >
> I don't know if that is a different password or not. I had the same
> problem under Sol9 and figured out that SMC in Sol9 didn't understand
> the password hash that I was using. (I changed tp MD5 from the default.)
> I had to reset the password for root after setting the password
> encryption back to standard UNIX type. Then I was able to use the root
> password to access SMC.
> I can look some of this up and find the actual file I changed (somewhere
> in /etc) to change the password hash. Let me know if that might be
> helpful. Might not be able to do that until tomorrow, though.

That would be /etc/security/policy.conf

Be sure to read the man page for it, as it's a bit quirky.


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