[SunHELP] root passwd expired

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Tue Nov 29 18:41:37 CST 2005

This is a good reason to have sudo installed and configured--you can
always execute "sudo passwd root" if you have the ability to do "su -"
under sudo.

sudo is a stock package in Sol 9 and above, so it's an easy failsafe.

We've set up a cron job to email us 5 days before root password
expiration, due to the expiration causing administrative cron jobs
to stop running.


On 11/29/05, Grindell, Joan M. <GrindellJ at sec.gov> wrote:
> Thank you very much this worked for me.  when I tried logging in from the
> console including the password.  An xterm window appeared and prompted me
> for the new password.
> Joan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org [mailto:sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org] On
> Behalf Of Steve Sandau
> Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 2:10 PM
> To: The SunHELP List
> Subject: Re: [SunHELP] root passwd expired
> > This has never happened: is there anyway I can reset root's password with
> > booting from a cdrom?
> >
> I have been able to fix this with a console sesison. I believe that is
> the only way you can log in with an expired root password. I suppose you
> could boot from CD, mount your current root filesystem, and remove the
> encrypted root password from /etc/shadow, but I have never tried that.
> Steve
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