The following steps lead me to being able to change my password in 1.1.3 jailbreak without any ill side effects: I am using an 8GB iPod Touch, jailbroken using the ziphone method. vterm100 and BSD subsystem installed. SSH installed. First, SSH into your ipod using your favorite SSH client (Search if you don't know how) username: root password: alpine You will need to do two things: 1. Make sure /etc/passwd has permissions of -rw-r--r-- (should already have this done) To find out, type: ls -l /etc/passwd if not, run: chmod 644 /etc/passwd 2. You will need to change the permissions on /usr/bin/passwd by typing: chmod 511 /usr/bin/passwd chmod u+s /usr/bin/passwd Type: ls -l /usr/bin/passwd The permissions should then display as: -r-s--x--x The s is very important. Without the s, it will not work. If the permissions do not display EXACTLY as shown, then do some chmod research on commands to get it to work. (Wikipedia has a great page on it) RESTART YOUR IPOD! Then I logged in on my ipod as root using vterm100, and used the passwd command to change my root password. This worked for me, let me know if it works for you. If it does not, I may be able to help troubleshoot it.