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Anyways to know the user password ?

Is their anyway to know the password of a user in vertica who has forgotten and doesn't wants it to
change. Looked at the passwords system table but it has in encrypted format.


  • Jim_KnicelyJim_Knicely Administrator

    The password is not stored anywhere in the database in plain text. What you see in the database is a one way hash value generated by either the MD5 or SHA512 security algorithm.

  • DaveTDaveT Employee

    An administrator can alter the user to supply a new temporary password and also use PASSWORD EXPIRE so the user will be forced to immediately reset it.

  • @Jim_Knicely yes it seems like in md5 format. See the output of password auditor attached.
    I tried many internet tools to convert md5 to plain text but got no luck.
    Any ways to do that?

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