RS/6000 7043-140 boot floppies
aperry at snowmoose.com
Tue Feb 19 15:58:34 CST 2019
On 2/19/19 1:31 PM, Jules Richardson via cctech wrote:
> On 2/18/19 11:49 AM, Alan Perry via cctech wrote:
>> The system does boot the AIX install on one of its hard disks, but
>> this is a recycled system and I don't have usernames/passwords for
>> that install.
>> Does anyone here have a suggestion on how to proceed?
> If you've got another Unix-a-like (e.g. Linux works fine) machine
> kicking around with SCSI, it's possible to hack up some shell script
> to 'dd' blocks from the AIX machine's drive one by one, looking for
> stuff that looks like part of the password file. Then you can save
> them, edit them to make the data appear like a normal Unix passwd file
> (IBM being IBM, AIX in those days did things a little differently),
> and run one of the various password crackers on the result (e.g. JtR).
> That process worked for my 7043-140, anyway. I don't think that the
> filesystem for AIX that old is directly supported on anything, so you
> can't just mount it like I believe you can more modern releases. Of
> course if you have install media, then as someone else mentioned I
> believe there are ways of resetting it that way which are (probably)
> far easier :-)
Thanks. I am all set now. I got a pointer to AIX 4.3.3 iso images and
have been able to do a fresh install on the system. I also have a Model
150 that I need to go through and I think the AIX iso images will work
for that as well.
I haven't touched AIX in decades, so it did kinda hurt trying to wrap my
brain around it again.
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