Password reset for ~1998 AIX on RS/6000?

r.stricklin bear at
Thu Feb 1 22:24:42 CST 2018

On Feb 1, 2018, at 7:28 PM, Tapley, Mark via cctech wrote:

>> Image the hard drive off to a raw file using a linux host with a SCSI HBA?
>> Once that is done, it might be possible to run a hex editor against the hard drive (one that doesn't copy the contents into RAM) and then search for the password file. From there you can copy the des hash and use rainbow tables / wordfiles to crack it or replace it with a known DES hash?

You don't need to do any of these things.

> Update, I did locate a CD saying “AIX V4.2.1 for 5765-C34” and this URL:

All you need is this disk. You can boot it, and use it to start a maintenance shell, from which you can mount the root filesystem and edit the password file(s) directly. The procedure you found will get you there, easily.


until further notice

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