Linux: Recovering Deleted /etc/shadow Password File

Posted on in Categories Data recovery, Howto, Linux, Sys admin, Tips, Troubleshooting last updated June 7, 2012

You may delete a file called /etc/shadow. If you try to boot into a single user mode, system will ask for the maintenance root password. Now imagine this, you do not have a backup of /etc/shadow file. How do you fix such problem in a production environment where time is a critical factor? I will explain how to recover a deleted /etc/shadow file in five easy steps.