by ross

I am stupid and forgot my root password for my OpenBSD box. Now what?!?!

Boot into single user mode, by booting your kernel with the "-s" option Eg: "bsd -s" on i386, "b bsd -s"
or "boot bsd -s" on SPARC, "boot -file bsd -flags s" on Alpha, etc.. 

Fsck and mount the root filesystem, along with /usr if it's on a separate partition. Eg: "fsck /",
"mount /", and maybe "fsck /usr", "mount /usr". 

"passwd" - and change it to something you remember. 

"exit" - to continue booting into multi-user mode.


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