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How can I automatically pass the password to 'su'?

I am working on an exploit for a security course. The object is to obtain a root shell in a linux virtual machine. So far, I can write to /etc/passwd and change root's password to an arbitrary string. ...
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can't change NIS account password from Centos-7 client “NIS server Centos-6”

I'm trying to change password for a NIS account from a Centos-7.0.1406 client and the server is Centos-6.6 it seems that passwd command don't ask me neither to change password nor ask me for old ...
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Linux Mint 16 32-bit (Ubuntu) forgets password, even after resetting via grub/bash trick

I just installed LM16 using a live USB stick. Install went fine, and at the user step I made a password but chose 'log in automatically'. On first boot without the usb stick, it logged in without ...
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How to recover the root password (passwd/chroot not found)?

I did init=/bin/bash, ctrl-x, mount of root, but when I try to run chroot or passwd it simply doesn't find any command. I see many tutorials, but they assume I have passwd and chroot. But I have ...