2 Replies Latest reply on May 27, 2016 10:41 AM by monahanz

    How to get a short password for Edison root logon


      I have setup two Edison boards. A breakout board and an Arduino board.  Fantastic systems BTW!

      Somehow on the first I managed to get a short 3 letter password when I logon to root. Did not think much of it at the time.  When I went to setup the second (Arduino) board, --setup insisted on a 6 or greater length password.   I think originally on the first board I also have a 6 character password but somehow I was able to drop it down to 3. I do not remember how, or think much of it at the time. Both systems I should add run via Wi-Fi.

      So my question to experts here is:-

      How do you get a short password for root, (say 3 characters)? 

      BTW, I’m not concerned about security – nothing there. I’m rebooting many times however.



        • 1. Re: How to get a short password for Edison root logon
          Intel Corporation
          This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

          Hi monahanz,

          If you run the command configure_edison --password, you will be asked to enter the new password. You will see that it should be a password between 8 and 63 characters. You can modify this limits by editing the file configure_edison. In order to do so, follow the steps below:

          1. Open the configure_edison file by running the command: vi /usr/bin/configure_edison
          2. Search for the function setEdisonPassword()
          3. The limits are set in the line 276, in the if statement. You only have to modify the numbers. I replaced the number 8 by the number 1. Optionally, you can modify the print statement as well to be consistent with the new limits.
          4. Save the file.
          5. Run the command configure_edison --password. This time you should be able to enter a password of at least 1 character. I tested it by entering 123 and it worked.
          Hope this helps you.