OS X Question(Admin password)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nigel_t, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. nigel_t macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2001
    I just started up oS X for the first time on a new 867 G4. So I went through all the setting up with name and passwords and stuff but its not connected to the net because i'm using it in a pro video edit suite, when I tried to change the startup sytem back to OS 9 and I gave it the same password I put in so I would be able to change back. But it told me I have the incorrect password and do not have administrator privilages. so to change back I had to restart off my os9 cd can you help? Do I have to be connected to the net so that apple will send me email with administrator info or somthing like that. By the way it's OS 10.0.4.

  2. oldMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2001
    Hi Nigel,

    I believe that if you boot from the OS X CD, there's a utility on it that allows you to reset the password.

    I've never done this. Can anyone confirm it?
  3. Ensign Paris macrumors 68000

    Ensign Paris

    Nov 4, 2001
    OSX Bootup CD

    Yes, you can use the OS X boot up CD to access the password and change it. I think this is a serious security risk.

  4. Foocha macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2001
    Security risk

    Whilst it is a security risk, the truth is that once someone has got physical access to your machine, there's not a great deal you can do short of encrypting the whole hard drive. It's a similar story whatever OS you're using.

    Now network security is more of an issue - aren't we glad we're using a proper UNIX OS rather than those poor types with Microsoft IIS exposed to the Internet ;)
  5. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    Re: Security risk

    True... if you give me your box... there is nothing you can do to stop me from doing anything I want to it... A friend of mine's Mom is a proffessor at a CA University. She uses a Mac so she is always asking me for IT help. One time I came by and she said "look now my computer is safe, no students can get in and change or see any grades" She was all proud of her self. The IT on site installed some kind of passward prtection utillity, I forget the name. I smiled, rebooted her G3 B/W Tower, and hit the shift key. She got all upset when her system came up with no password promt. I told her to just keep her door locked.

    [Edited by evildead on 11-29-2001 at 05:39 PM]
  6. nigel_t thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2001
  7. Disdain macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2001
    what is the thing called on the cd that lets you do that?

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