Hack Windows passwords using the Linux application chntpw

Posted by taranasus on Aug 9, 2011 11:38 PM EDT
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A friend of mine dared me to hack his Administrator account, so I did, in 30 seconds, and this is how I did it:

You need a Live Linux (CD, DVD, USB, Diskette, who cares) and the application chntpw

A bit of theory: Windows stores its local user accounts in the C:\windows\system32\config\SAM file. If you want to change ANYTHING that is related to the user accounts you do it from this file, but it is of course encrypted. Not a problem! While we can’t read the file and see what password is already assigned to a user, we can sure as h#ll overwrite it.

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