iPhone 3GS root password

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by zmunkz, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

    zmunkz

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    Hey guys,

    I got the iPhone 3Gs when it came out, but I only got around to jailbreaking it yesterday. The phone now has wealth of possibilities, and I have already installed a bunch of things. Now that the initial excitement has settled, I am concerned about things like the fact that anyone can login to my phone using the root password if I am on a public WiFi network.

    I wanted to just use passwd and change it from the mobile terminal, but I thought I would ask a couple questions first.

    1. Is there a password that allows the default user "mobile" to login that I might need to change too? Or is this user just an artifact of the MobileTerminal app I happen to be using?

    2. Will I foobar the phone if I change the root password, or does everything play nicely? I assume passwd will make the change?

    Along another line of thought, I was also a little curious about iPhone backups. If I have an issue with my phone and do a restore through iTunes, will it also restore the jailbroken stuff? Or is there another way to get a real backup of my phone's current state?

    Thanks in advance everyone!
     
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Its Fubar, not foobar.
    It stands for f***ed up beyond all recognition.
    Just letting you know.
     
  3. zmunkz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    heh, sorry thats my computer engineering side shining though...

    In CS/CE, every example method or variable takes on the name FOO or BAR, so I just stuck them together. I wonder which one inspired which...
     
  4. bytethese macrumors 68030

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    1. Yeah, it's the same as root, alpine. :) But mobile runs in a more restricted mode than root. However I change my password for both.

    2.You won't FUBAR it, no. Everything plays nice. I've always used passwd. :)

    FUBAR inspired foobar. :)
     
  5. zmunkz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot for the help and details! I will change my passwords now.

    Should I put the questions about iTunes backup / restore into a different thread?
     
  6. morse macrumors newbie

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    I don't think it will restore the jailbroken stuff. It hasn't ever for me in the past.
     
  7. bytethese macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately it won't. But if you use AptBackup, in the app click Backup it will backup a list of your jailbroken apps and keeps them in a file that gets backed up in the normal process. Once you restore and rejailbreak, download AptBackup first and then click Restore. Worked twice so far for me. :)
     
  8. sloooph macrumors newbie

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    any idea what is the password for root?
    i can't access the root using "alphine"..

    thanks!
     
  9. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    alpine.
     
  10. sloooph macrumors newbie

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    oh.. i'm sorry.. :eek:

    thanks!
     
  11. zmunkz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's alpine for both the user "root" and "mobile", as said above.

    I'll also follow up here, I went ahead and changed both passwords, and everything works fine on the phone. A couple jailbroken apps prompt me for the root password, but other than that everything plays nicely.
     

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