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my tripwire local passphrase does not work any more (no idea why) and I want to reset it. How can I do this? I still have the system passphrase (hopefully)

Open Source Tripwire(R) built for i686-pc-linux-gnu

Open Source Tripwire 2.4 Portions copyright 2000 Tripwire, Inc. Tripwire is a registered

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When I recently installed tripwire I did enter the passphrase wrong, then the dialog below was displayed. Perhaps a hint?

If you have completely forgotten your site passphrase, generate a new site key with a new passphrase by running
   twadmin -m G -S /etc/tripwire/site.key
then run 
   dpkg-reconfigure tripwire

(I guess reconfigure is not needed if you just want to reset the passphrase.)

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When I installed Tripwire automatically from Software Centre on 12.04 64 bit, I saw the stage at which one sets up the local key. I missed any passphrase entry there may have been. Consequently, I found that only supplying an empty string enabled the --init process to commence. Security nightmare I know, but purely to get you through, and until you can regenerate it, try entering nothing.

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i hate that trick, took me a while.. thank you for saving me.. – nickanor Mar 16 '14 at 18:54

As far as I know, you can only reset the tripwire passphrase by re-running the install script. I would assume the script will over write most or all of the configuration files / logs so you might want to make a back up of any that are in clear text.

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