Question: how do I log in as someone else

sososowhat

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Feb 20, 2003
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I'm the machine administrator & owner. I'd like to log into a user account on my machine for which I don't have the password. I know how to reset that password, but I don't want evidence of my snooping. Can I either use some master password to login as that user, or temporarily change their password & reset it to what it was?

btw: I have legitimate reasons for wanting to do this. It's not an ethical question.

Thanks,

-soso
 

italiano40

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Oct 7, 2007
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so you want to hack

i would use a second machine and then SSH tunnel right into the computer then search the hard drive for that login name

otherwise, no master password
 
I'm the machine administrator & owner. I'd like to log into a user account on my machine for which I don't have the password. I know how to reset that password, but I don't want evidence of my snooping. Can I either use some master password to login as that user, or temporarily change their password & reset it to what it was?

btw: I have legitimate reasons for wanting to do this. It's not an ethical question.

Thanks,

-soso
You got me to thinking, so on all my daughters users folders, I used "get info" and added me as having read only privileges. I looked around at everything in her folders, then removed my privileges.
 

sososowhat

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Feb 20, 2003
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That does sound hackey. Shouldn't I be able to do this from my own machine. From a shell as root I could "su", right? But how can I then totally log into their graphical environment, with their history, etc? Basically I want to use super-user privilege to log in as them without using their password. Can this be easily done?
 

italiano40

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can't be done
either use the terminal or
use a linux live cd and crack their password with that, but that may take a long time like 3 hours todo depends on length
 

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