Wierdness: old password still working... any ideas?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Westside guy, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

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    Hi,

    I had my Powerbook in for service recently. Since they'd asked for my account password, I decided to change it once I got my Powerbook back.

    Well to make a long story short, after changing it I accidentally typed my old password - and it still worked (as did the new one). I can use both to log in, to unlock the screen after sleep, to get at my keychain...

    So I decided to try changing it a third time. The new password works, and the ORIGINAL password still works! Password #2 does NOT work.

    I did a search of Apples knowledgebase which turned up one article that had a heading which seemed like it should answer my question, but the actual article was totally irrelevant (it was talking about root versus administrator accounts).

    I am currently running Panther 10.3.1, with the root account disabled as per the default. I don't have a master password set, and I'm not using filevault.

    Thanks to anyone who can shed light on this!!
     
  2. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

    Kwyjibo

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    sounds like a panther thing but i'm not sure , hopefully somoene knows how t ofix without a re-install, i bet you somhow set a master password tho ..
     
  3. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

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    Not sure if it'd help or not, but try starting up with the OS X CD to clear and reset your password. Perhaps that'd wipe the first one out for good.
     
  4. Westside guy thread starter macrumors 601

    Westside guy

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    Hey - that did it! Thanks.

    I'd STILL like to know what the heck was going on there, though. That's not something that would even be possible in, say, Linux - those places where OS X is way different are the places where I tend to feel like a true n00b. :)

    So... if anyone has any insight into how OS X could keep track of more than one password that would work for a given user (I'm the only user), I'd appreciate hearing about it!
     
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

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    I'm glad to hear that it worked. That was really odd, I never heard of an old password being recognized after being changed, but at least you finally got it wiped clean.
     

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