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PATHWORKS NetWare Supervisor Password?

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The Question is:

How do I change the SUPERVISOR password for PATHWORKS NETWARE
when the current password is unknown ?

The Answer is :

  You will want to contact the NetWare folks for assistance.
  Perhaps one of the existing user accounts has supervisor equivalence.
  If so, it can be used to change the password of the supervisor account.
  If not, you have to recreate the bindery.
  The bindery consists of files rms$obj.sys, rms$prop.sys, and rms$val.sys
  or the same names with the net$ prefix, depending on whether the server
  is in a cluster or not.
  Stop the serve and rename the bindery files.
  When you start the server, the bindery will be recreated and the password
  for supervisor will be null.  You can then change the password to whatever
  is desired.
  The information in the bindery then has to be recreated.
  Perhaps there are sufficiently few users that this can be done manually.
  There might be command scripts still around to do it.
  You might be able to log on as supervisor and -- while still logged on
  -- copy the renamed bindary files back to their original name.  (The
  OpenVMS Wizard has not tried this particular sequence, and does not know
  that it will work.)
  It might be possible to get the information to recreate the bindery from
  the original bindery.  The OpenVMS Wizard believes the format is the same
  as for native netware.  Copy the files to a PC and check for a native
  NetWare tool to dump the bindery.
  The OpenVMS Wizard is aware of various discussions, and of research into
  the feasibility of providing a (backdoor) tool.  This turned out to be
  harder to implement than it had initially appeared.
  You could also seek information on security flaws and security attacks,
  since that is what this is.  (For what should be obvious reasons, the
  OpenVMS Wizard is not in a position to (further) discuss security flaws
  or security attacks.)

answer written or last revised on ( 6-FEB-2001 )

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