Subject: Re: Problem 1: Backdoor into HPUX
To: Fletcher Christian <Fletch2@ibm.net>
From: Jason Thorpe <email@example.com>
Date: 08/27/1996 20:07:38
On Sat, 17 Aug 1996 17:54:51 EST
Fletcher Christian <Fletch2@ibm.net> wrote:
> All are from the same place, the X term needs a driver program that I
> believe is on one of the HD's. Before I scrap HPUX I'd like to retrieve
> this driver as getting it from HP has proved difficult.
Dang .. HP used to have a _lot_ of HP X terminal software available for
FTP on hpcvaaz.cv.hp.com (a.k.a. dizzy.cv.hp.com), but I just checked
there, and they seem to have drastically changed the nature of that
server :-/ (real drag ... it used to be quite useful...)
> So basically I was wondering if there was any way to get into the HPUX
> system. The thing boots up fine but I don't know the password. I've
> tried the rather unusual step of attempting to binary edit the ESDI
> drive on a PC, but it would appear that the Micropolis drives and my
> Adaptec controller don't get on.
> Any suggestions other than trying a demon dialer style program?
Unforunately, HP, in their infinite wisdom, didn't provide a "boot into
single-user mode" option (of course, the system v notion of runlevels
that HP-UX used makes single-user somewhat ill-defined...) I'm not sure
of a way to get it to boot up into single-user short of making the fsck
fail... You might try sending a SIGQUIT or SIGINTR to fsck (or some other
important utility) during the boot process...
Other than that, it's been a _long_ time since I've really used HP-UX (I
was quite happy when the University pretty much dumped it for
NetBSD/hp300 :-), so I'm not sure I have any more suggestions...
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