Hello there, I found a Youtube video that helped me in recovering password for one of an old Linux user account on my old laptop which i found worth sharing with you guys.
Video demonstrates the use of password cracking tool – John The Ripper.
I was looking for some files which were stored in one of my admin account on my old machine, and after hitting so many passwords attempts i finally decided to crack into the account, i booted a Live disk image of Ubuntu on a USB thumb drive and entered in live mode on the same machine, from there i copied the /etc/shadow file to Desktop folder and copied the line which was specific to the user account i was willing to recover. Following the video i installed john utility on my live session and ran the commands instructed in the video to successfully crack the password of my account. I found video very helpful, am attaching the video link below:
John Package Description
John the Ripper is designed to be both feature-rich and fast. It combines several cracking modes in one program and is fully configurable for your particular needs (you can even define a custom cracking mode using the built-in compiler supporting a subset of C). Also, John is available for several different platforms which enables you to use the same cracker everywhere (you can even continue a cracking session which you started on another platform).
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