RJ> Ive been playing with "vipw" trying to change passwords into "*" for a
RJ> slightly higher level of security but ran into some very big problems. From
RJ> reading through the FreeBSD handbook it seemed all i had to do was replace
RJ> the encrypted password with *, which is what i did. I thought it seemed a
RJ> bit odd but continued anyway. Foolishly (although i was quite tired) i did
RJ> this to both my user account and root. So they both had * as their password
RJ> and looked the same as every other entry in the file. I saved it and "vipw"
RJ> updated the database so i thought all was well and logged off to check...
RJ> big mistake! The net result of this was not good, i couldnt access my user
RJ> account or root :( Anyway i had to cut the power to my PC since i couldnt
RJ> shut it down because i was locked out. After that i went into single user
RJ> mode and changed the passwords back and its working now but i cant hide the
RJ> passwords. So i guess after all this rambling my question is how to i secure
RJ> the password file? How do i change from the encrypted password to * without
RJ> screwing over my system? Any help would by much appreciated

try doing that:
#Forget your root pw?
1. Reboot. when you see the "boot" prompt, type boot -s and hit enter
2. run this command: fsck -p / && mount -u /
3. use the `passwd` command to set a password for root
4. reboot, done

hope that helps..

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