Reset the password for ROOT or any user

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint
I am sure that people in the know can restore almost any password, it is important to know HOW. But I was wondering just how to recover passwords in my favorite OS is Linux Mint. In this article we will focus on the recovery of lost passwords for Linux Mint.
So, the following method is good because it is done very quickly and allows you to change the password to one or more users. On my operating system as most people have only one user, therefore the password root changing along with the password of the Main user.
That is, if I change the password to my single user l4l, then user root will automatically change the password. On other operating systems, I think the user root as separately. In any case I am not interested in, the main thing here everything is convenient and WORKS))))

Don’t forget: the following ways will not work if you have an encrypted home partition.

First way
Let’s start, we need to get into the boot menu of GRUB. When the computer boots, hold down the “SHIFT” key. In the grub boot loader to select the desired OS and press “E” to edit the boot.
Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint
Next we need at the end of the kernel line, after quiet splash add rw init=/bin/bash and press “F10” to boot.

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

In this case, after the kernel is loaded, the control immediately proceeds to bash that allows you to change the passwords for all users. A working example can be seen in the picture below. Just write the command:

passwd Username

where Username is the login name of the user. Then simply enter the new password.

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

Restart the computer and can use the new password.
Second way
Recently read about another method of password recovery. Starts the same way, we need to enter GRUB

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

Once selected, you will see a window with many options, but for password recovery, you only need one – root

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

If you do not know your user name(perhaps you want to hack someone else’s computer), then enter the command

ls /home
By default in the restore mode, the file system is read-only and you can’t just overwrite the user’s password, but knowing a needed command you can fix it.
Enter the following command, which will open write access
mount -o rw,remount /
Next you need to enter the command to change the password
passwd yourusername
The word “yourusername”, I mean the user name in your system (On my screenshot – shekin)

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

Now reboot

reboot
Voila, now I can’t log in under my old password

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

But when I entered the new password, the system booted successfully

Reset the password for ROOT or any user in Linux Mint

Even high-security Linux distributions, using the default settings, can allow an attacker with physical access to the server, it is easy to reset passwords of all users including root. For protection it is recommended to use encrypted partitions, disable the grub boot loader. Unfortunately I can’t tell you how to protect your PC more effectively. It is necessary to examine this issue separately.

May the Force be with you,
Good Luck!!!

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Hello!
Tested it out, and it works, but:
This method is only able to change root password if, and only if root password is the same as admin password.
That is, you can change the admin password, but not the root password. The root password should of course have its own password.

Regards

Shekin
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Hello!
Tested it out, and it works, but:
This method is only able to change root password if, and only if root password is the same as admin password.
That is, you can change the admin password, but not the root password. The root password should of course have its own password.

Regards


I agree with you. but considering only linux mint I have omitted this detail. Because when installing a system Admin instead of Root. And Root the user is not activated. In my opinion something like this))))

mike
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mike

doesnt work, it goes to the lock screen

daniel
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daniel

Didn't work for me

jkjr
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jkjr

I have mint 17.1 cinnamon and cannot reset my password. I've tried these commands in various ways and it does not work. I get this error message " bash: cannot set terminal process group (-1): inappropriate ioctl for device
bash: no job control in this shell
dircolors: no shell environment variable, and no shell Type option given"
(none) /#

is there any help out there? It would be greatly appreciated.

dan
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dan

for me work exactly like in this tutorial

note: i try 3 times until work…2 times lock (freez) after i hit F10, i dont have any explanation way GRUB block, i do exact the same stapes 2 times….gl

PJC
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PJC

I have the same OS and ran into the same problem after installing, the OS changed my PW. I tried a lot of the suggestions from the internet and nothing worked. Finally I decided to install the OS again and this time I just used one letter for a PW and it worked good. If you have the OS disc, try this or if you don't have the disc, download the OS and get it on a disc. Good Luck!!!

Shekin
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Shekin

Will,
16-11-2014, 19:21

Roderick Stirling
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Roderick Stirling

Thanks! That worked perfectly- saved hours, literally

Arthur Rosenthol
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Arthur Rosenthol

I get to ROOT, but the OS won't accept any keyboard input.

Mike
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Mike

So why don't Linux have a forgotten password 'button' that could text/email me a temporary access code. Seems that anyone in the know could brake into my computer now?

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