[SunHELP] root passwd expired

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Tue Nov 29 19:15:12 CST 2005

So, 'sudo passwd root' will work within an ssh or telnet session with an 
expired password? I thought I remembered that 'su -' failed. there's a 


velociraptor wrote:
> 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.
> =Nadine=
> 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.
>>-----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.

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