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On Ubuntu 12.04, how can I access encrypted private home directory? I forgot my root password at some point and my root home folder is locked. I am now using another account in root group so can I get access to encrypted home directory from this account?

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Were you using your login password as the encryption password? (That's how Ubuntu does things by default.) If so, you'll have to remember the password. –  Gilles Jan 11 at 23:26
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it is all default thing i mean i haven't encrypted by my self! –  Meh Jan 11 at 23:36
    
If you have a user with sudo permissions, you can login to root with sudo -i and then run passwd to change the password... –  Wilf Jan 12 at 1:29
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If you could access an encrypted directory without specifying the password, there wouldn't be much point in encrypting the directory. –  cjm Jan 12 at 3:51

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Unfortunately for you, ecryptfs, the encryption system that Ubuntu uses for home directories, is not broken. So the only way to decrypt files is to know the password.

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... or, if the password was insecure enough, to brute-force it. It'll greatly help if OP remembers part of the password. –  derobert Jan 12 at 3:28

I have no idea if this will help you but you might have some luck trying the steps outlined in the recovery sections of the Ubuntu official documentation, titled: EncryptedPrivateDirectory.

Also there is this tutorial, titled: How to Recover an Encrypted Home Directory on Ubuntu.

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