So a staff member (belonging the 'editor' group) recently left, and we'd like to update the password to a dummy one but I can't seem to be able to do it as EE is asking me for the current password.

Any idea how?

Installed EE version is 2.8.0

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The language is somewhat unclear on that screen. What you actually need to enter is your current password, not the user's current password.

  • If you dont want to reassign the entries to another editor. I would also recommend creating a new member group that does not have CP access to prevent the user from going through the password reset flow to log back in. Nov 28, 2014 at 16:25

Why don't you just ban or delete the account?

To answer your question, one method would be to run a MySQL query update on the members table row of that member_id and insert nonsense into the password and salt fields, or better yet, take a look at the Auth library hash_password method and generate a usable password hash and salt and insert that.

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