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Old 04-08-2002
Question superuser password change

how can i change the superuser password?

the admin left the company, and we want to change the password.

to gain su access, i use:
# su -
password:***** (old password)

then, using passwd command it changes my own login password, not the root??

(this is not trying to block anybody's access, it' s just that the guy left without cleaning up and turning over some stuff...)

thanks a lot.
# 2  
Old 04-08-2002
Use # passwd root
# 3  
Old 04-08-2002
I know this goes without saying, but I will say it.

If you can't su to root, you will have to reboot to single user mode and then execute " passwd root " to change the password. I know that my company has a policy about changing the password/door locks whenever an SA leaves the company.

Also, I think by how you framed the question, that I am assuming that your system is logged in at the console.

I try to never leave the console logged in. just to be safe. I would advise, if that is possible, don't leave root logged in, unless you system is physically secure.
# 4  
Old 04-09-2002
thanks for the tips and answers...
# 5  
Old 04-13-2002
Our company requires root and admin passwd changes every 30 days. It is a real pita! But yes, "passwd root" works. If you are running NIS+ there are a couple other steps to fix the secure RPC passwd (chgkey -p ; nisping org_dir ; keylogin -r).
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