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Ok, so when I have to Google several times to find some techie info and then wade through lots of useless, superior-tones posts like “RTFM n00b” before finding a simple answer to a question, I try to post what I’ve found in hopes that other Googlers can get the info quickly.

If your jailbroken iPhone is running iOS 4 and you need a working Terminal app, especially for something important like changing the iPhone’s default SSH password, here’s what worked for me:

  1. Go here and download this deb:ย
  2. SSH into your iPhone as root/alpine and put the deb file into root/home/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall
  3. Power the phone on and off

Now you should have a working Terminal app. To change your root SSH password (alway a good idea, lest anyone around you see an open connection and log into your phone using the default password):

  1. Run Terminal, and you will be logged in as mobile user by default
  2. At the prompt, type: su root
  3. For password: (enter alpine and hit return, you will not see the characters)
  4. You’ll now be logged in as root.
  5. Then type: passwd and hit return
  6. It should now prompt you to type in a new password. Again, you will not see the characters.

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