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    Cracking a linux system

    My apologies if this seems a little macabre, but... My brother recently and suddenly passed away and my family and I have been going through whatever we could access in order to trace his financial information so we could settle his estate. The paper trail gave us a lot of information to go on, but he did a lot of his personal business via computer. We have his computer, but it is a dual-boot linux/windows system with passwords on all of the accounts - and we have no way of knowing what the passwords were. (He was very computer savvy and would not have used simple passwords, even for his home computer network.) We want to be able to get into the computer to determine if there is any information that could help us (ie, personal documents, communications, and the like that could help us identify financial and legal information that doesn't have an obvious or locatable paper trail). He prepared his tax returns with Windows software, and we found a program for preparing wills (but with no clear evidence that it had been used).

    Is it possible to boot from a linux cd and access both the linux and windows data? Are there any tools that are available that may be of use? If we can't find a way to access the information in a timely manner we are planning to wipe the drives and prepare the computers for resale, but the loss of potentially-helpful information is something I want to avoid.

    If you do not wish to post links to cracking tools, please send the links to me directly.

    Christopher Patrick Rasley

    Our thanks for any assistance that may be offered.

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    Re: Cracking a linux system

    For Windows, see this thread: Lost Password (XP (SP2))

    No idea about Linux, sorry.

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    Re: Cracking a linux system

    A friend of ours managed to get the linux passwords reset - I havn't got a clue how, and perhaps it's one of those things best left secret. Booting into linux allowed him to scan the Windows files, but not directly boot into Windows. The links in the Lost Password thread should be helpful to actually log into Windows which will make the rest of the job easier. Thanks.

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    Re: Cracking a linux system

    The windows part is easy. The linux part, not so easy. If you just want to see whats in the linux side, you can boot with any distro on a CD and mount the partitions.
    Mike Wolfman
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