Reset root OR crack old sco 3.2 machine

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Old 08-16-2011
Reset root OR crack old sco 3.2 machine

I have an old compaq running sco 3.2. the old IT guy died and we need to reset the password OR crack into the machine. I have tried mscreen and at exploits but can't seem to get them to work. I have access with other user accounts. This is a machine we own.
# 2  
Old 08-16-2011
Do you have the installation media, or an emergency boot floppy?
If so, boot from it and start a shell, then change the password.

Do any of the scripts in /etc/rc2.d have non root write (ie 0775 or 0777), if so you can modify it to run passwd during a re-boot.

What is the output of "uname -X" ?
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Old 08-16-2011
uname -X output

no non-root writable access in /etc/rc2.d

$ uname -X         
System = product   
Node = product     
Release = 3.2v4.1  
KernelID = 92/06/04
Machine = i80486   
BusType = EISA     
Serial = sco030085 
Users = unlim      
OEM# = 0           
Origin# = 1        
NumCPU = 2

Last edited by herot; 08-16-2011 at 01:04 PM.. Reason: additional info
# 4  
Old 08-16-2011
Do you have a 3-1/2 and/or 5-1/4 diskette drive(s)?

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Are the hard drives integrated IDE (IDA) or SCSI, and if SCSI is the host adapter built into the motherboard or in a slot? Which is a convoluted way of asking, can the disks be moved to another machine?
# 5  
Old 08-16-2011
Since you own the machine, you have physical access to the drives.

So, simply mount the disk on another machine and change the password in the password file.

There is no reason to "crack" the machine when you have physical access to the disk drives; just mount the disk on another machine and edit the password file directly.
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