Question: how do I log in as someone else

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sososowhat, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. sososowhat macrumors 6502

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    #1
    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
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

    italiano40

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    #2
    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
     
  3. kresh macrumors 6502a

    kresh

    #3
    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.
     
  4. sososowhat thread starter macrumors 6502

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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?
     
  5. italiano40 macrumors 65816

    italiano40

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    #5
    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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