Reset passwords by booting into single-user mode in NIX
April 28, 2012 Leave a comment
A) Booting into single-user mode from LILO
Follow these steps to reset the password when using LILO:
Reboot the system. When you see the LILO: prompt, type in linux single and press ‘Enter’. This will log you in as root in single-user mode. If your system requires you to enter your root password to log in, then try linux init=/bin/bash instead.
Once the system finishes booting, you will be logged in as root in single-user mode. Use passwd and choose a new password for root.
Type reboot to reboot the system and then you can login with the new password you just selected.
If you have a new version of LILO which gives you a menu selection of the various kernels available press Tab to get the LILO: prompt and then proceed as shown above.
B) Booting into single user mode from GRUB
Follow these steps to reset the password when using GRUB:
Reboot the system, and when you are at the selection prompt , highlight the line for Linux and press ‘e’. You may only have 2 seconds to do this, so be quick.
This will take you to another screen where you should select the entry that begins with ‘kernel’ and press ‘e’ again.
Append ‘ single’ to the end of that line (without the quotes). Make sure that there is a space between what’s there and ‘single’. If your system requires you to enter your root password to log into single-user mode, then append init=/bin/bash after ‘single’. Hit ‘Enter’ to save the changes.
Press ‘b’ to boot into Single User Mode.
Once the system finishes booting, you will be logged in as root. Use passwd and choose a new password for root.
Type reboot to reboot the system, and you can login with the new password you just selected.
njoy the simplicity…….