Default password and username for backtrack 5

I was surprised the other day when i installed a backtrack linux distribution and couldn’t login.  What you should know about backtrack 5 is that it comes with an already pre-configured username and password also the first thing you come across after booting and typing the username and password is the terminal( which is a nightmare to most people). The details below will assist you in getting around some of the difficulties.

The default username is: root

and the default password is: toor

to start the graphic user interface of backtrack 5 you need to type: startx in the terminal

startx command can also be used with other linux distributions

to shut down type: poweroff or shutdown -h now

To restart: type reboot


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  2. FAQ at BackTrack
    When booting the Live-Cd Backtrack, I don’t believe the password is set up in the file /etc/shadow
    The password file is /etc/shadow #cat /etc/shadow or # grep root -n /etc/shadow
    #passwd root
    newpassword toor
    confirm password toor
    # pass word has been changed to “toor”.
    maverik35 posted at the backtrack forum has really good directions for changing passwords from Grub or Live-CD
    I really hope these notes help someone else. After booting from the Live-CD and issuing the startx command, I had closed the top down on the laptop for a couple hours. When I opened it up later, it gave a screen saying root and asking for password to unlock the screen.
    None of the passwords worked to unlock the screen. Not even “toor” or “password” So I had to reboot the Live-Cd and lost my information/setup. I looked at the file /etc/shadow for the root password entry and saw this line, “root :x:15867:0.99997 Where “x” is the placeholder for the encrypted password. When I completed the terminal command “password root” input password “toor” and then “grep root -n /etc/shadow” to see the “x” changed to a very long 50+ character encrypted password. So do change the root password after booting the Live-CD, so that you are not locked out by the screen saver after 5 minutes of inactivity.

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