Password help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by watervampire, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. watervampire macrumors newbie

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    Okay, my school is involved with a laptop for students program (check the State of Maine out for info, however my highschool is the one providing the laptop). Anyway, I don't have the admin password, and I can't find a universal password anywhere I look. I'm locked out of a lot of crap and they have apple remote desktop on here too, so they can monitor us (that's what they use it for anyway). The computer people at my school suck and are really not very nice, so I just wanted some way to get into the admin account and do a few things. I can download programs and everything though. I have no idea how to hack, otherwise I wouldn't be here, but I'm fairly computer literate. My OS is OSX Tiger by the way. I'm also running an iBook G4. So, can someone provide some way to get around their stupid passwords?
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Pop in any OS X install disk. Run the reset password utility. Works every time.
     
  3. watervampire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem with that is I don't have one. The computer people at the school have all of them and since they have remote desktop my bet is that they don't have too many of them.
     
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    If you don't have an install disk, then you are pretty much screwed.
     
  5. watervampire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, that's not quite what I wanted to hear...But umm...I was looking for maybe another way to go about this. I have read about using a start up disk but like I said, I don't have one. If I did, I wouldn't have come to you guys probably. Anyway...is there any other way to go about this?
     
  6. watervampire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks grapes, I'm begining to think that's the only way, but does anyone else have any ideas? Or maybe just a way to turn off the Remote Desktop without going into the admin prefrences? Creativity is fine.
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Maaaaaaybe since this isn't your laptop, you should avoid doing things that aren't "proper" and may land you very hot water?

    It'll be pretty obvious to the admins that you've changed the password or created another admin user or installed things that shouldn't be there. And typically that gets you in trouble.. whatever trouble they carve up for high school students.

    I think you should just fly the straight and narrow until you get your own laptop/desktop, and then you do whatever the hell you want to it.

    And finally, before my soapbox collapses, MacRumors takes a narrow view of h4x0ring, so I wouldn't persue this one too much further.
     
  8. watervampire thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nah, I wasn't talking about hacking my own computer or the admins. I just wanted to know if there was a way that I was missing. But I'm not going to do anything bad on my laptop, I just want to turn off remote desktop. The computer people know very little, honestly. They didn't know how to reset the admin password when one guy figgured it out and changed it- they had to call him and get it. So, if getting a start up disk is the only way then I'm SOL besides guessing. If there are any other ideas, then post them, if not, that's fine.
     
  9. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    Well there IS a way to get around Apple Remote Desktop... disconnect from the internet/network.

    EDIT: Alternatively, you could buy a router and not forward the ports necessary for ARD.
     
  10. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    k

    there is a way to reset the password whether it would work i dont know but here goes :

    if u can hook up ur mac to another mac via fireports and press t on your powerbook while starting you should see your hardrive show up on the other mac now look for the folder in ur hardrive that keeps the sysytem password and either change its contents or delete it


    THIS IS NOT TRIED SO IF U SCREW THIS UP DONT BLAME ME

    good luck
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah... that doesn't exist. The password isn't kept in a flat file someplace that isn't encrypted. It's hashed and salted and to break it, you're going to have to crack it... AND no one is going to front you on cracking here.
     
  12. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    well i know a folder with the passwords exists beacuse i have seen it although a mac tech at uni showed it to me but whether u can reaplce its contents or delete i dont know
     
  13. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    What?!@?

    I want whatever YOU'RE smoking.

    As to the original poster...quit asking around in forums how to break admin passwords. It's not your computer and you should have no authority or admin access to it. Just be thankful you are able to use a free computer.

    Didn't some kids just get suspended for this because they used an admin password so they could open ports to use iChat?
     
  14. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    yeah i should just quit while ahead and i dont smoke but i do sometimes drink !:p
     
  15. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You are no longer ahead, but don't let that stop you from drinking. :D
     
  16. Gokhan macrumors 6502a

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    no siry will drink still just not heavyly although i did when i got my first mac but a nice tech put a end to my misery for £80
     
  17. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    My high school had a similar program. Luckily I was a student tech assistant so I was entrusted with the password so I pretty much had free roam with my laptop. In your case, it is very unlikely that you would get/reset the admin password without an install cd. However, there are ways to create a new admin account without a cd. I will say no more; just please don't end up like these kids.
     
  18. InfiniteLoop1 macrumors member

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    at my school all my friends try to hack into my mac, i just laugh at them cos they're not smart enough. they have managed to get the administrator password for the whole school network, which is entirely made up of PC's by using some boot disk, but yet they can't hack into my powerbook, so I've half managed to convince them that macs are more secure than PC's.

    They did try the install disk trick, but when they clicked reset it asked for the administrator password, so to reset the admin password that way required the admin password! is my security higher than the average mac?

    When they tried this they locked themselves up in a classroom, the principal came in an they got roasted for taking my laptop without my permission! now they've given up trying to hack into my computer
     
  19. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    you mean viewing the keychain?

    that app SAVED MY BUTT the other day!

    it'll be in the apps > utilities > keychain access

    but about the admin pass... I dunno. don't break things you aren't supposed to.

    Where'd I leave my halo and wings?
     
  20. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I stole this from someone else who posted it awhile back. It should do what you want.

    Now go have fun.
     
  21. InfiniteLoop1 macrumors member

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    wow, hope my friends dont find out about that one!!
     
  22. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Assuming you turn on and OF Password, people cannot boot into Single User Mode on your Mac.
     
  23. InfiniteLoop1 macrumors member

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    ermm... where do i turn password on and off? (slinks to the corner feeling dumb:eek:)
     
  24. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Turning on the open firmware password maybe? Not recommended unless you're pretty apt with OSX. :)


     

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