You can reset a password in Movable Type 3.2 to a specific value using a two step process. However, if you are unable for whatever reason to direct edit the database, this will not work.

First, execute the following on the command line:

perl -e "print crypt('password', 'ac');"

Substitute the password you want for the string ‘password’ in the above command. The ‘ac’ can be any two characters, it doesn’t matter, but they must be present (that’s the “salt” for you UNIX™ geeks). This will print a set of apparently random characters. Take those characters and put them in to the “author_password” column of the corresponding row of the “mt_author” table in the Movable Type database. Do not use any DB encryption function — Movable Type does that itself and uses the DB column as a simple text field.