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    Default AT&T UNIX PC - Need to hack user/password for access

    One of my students was able to repair an AT&T 7300 (67MB version) UNIX PC powersupply. Now it boots up, but we don't have the username and password. Any suggestions?
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    1. Take the hard drive out
    2. Put it in another computer that can read it
    3. Use a utility to scan the entire disk for "root:" until you find a standard /etc/passwd entry
    4. Edit the data you find to take out the encrypted password between the first two colons, so that "root:fd78xuifdsjl:0:0:" etc. turns into "root::0:0:" etc.
    5. Put it back in and root will no longer have a password

    Finding a machine to read the disk might be tough, although if it's just MFM you could get lucky and connect it to a 1980's PC with an MFM controller and use Norton Diskedit to do the scanning and editing.

    Another option is to just simply record what the password is (it's a 13-character encrypted string) and then use John The Ripper to crack the password on a very fast modern machine (brute-forcing it should only take two weeks or so).

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    I got a lot of replies to this ... the answer was to use the "install" user and hope that the original password was not changed (no password/blank). It worked, and root access was granted.
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    Type in Tutor, Then once your in the system you can figure it out.
    I have (4) at&t unix pcs & two sets of books w/software to play with...

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    Proving once again that to maintain security, it helps to restrict physical access. Yes, I know, if it is on the internet, what's the diff....


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