root password in shadow file [SOLVED}

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root password in shadow file [SOLVED}

Post#1 by Dave99 » 03 Jan 2015, 00:54

Hi all

I need to change the root password, is that password encrypted/encoded or just plain text in the /etc/shadow file?
The reason I ask is that mine is a long string of alphanumeric characters which include things like $ and /
Is this because the wizard generated a random password but it's still plain text?

Thanks in advance.
Dave.
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Re: root password in shadow file

Post#2 by fanthom » 03 Jan 2015, 08:22

its encrypted. if you want to generate your own password then please run this command in terminal:

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echo YOUR_PASSWORD | openssl passwd -1 -salt `echo $(($RANDOM*12345678)) | cut -c 1-8` -stdin
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Re: root password in shadow file

Post#3 by Dave99 » 03 Jan 2015, 09:34

Thank you fanthom.

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