Cisco Pix 506E Firewall Configuration Utility

Posted on 2005-05-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
Someone in my company installed this Pix a long time ago and now I need to access the configuration utility. Where to start?
Question by:jeffwalter
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    by:Andres Perales
    Well first you will need to know the IP address to the inside interface of the PIX, if you do not know that IP address, you can use the console port on the back of the device to console into the PIX.  If you do know the IP addres then you maybe able to access the PDM via a web browser make sure that you use it will not work unless you use https.  Then you must have the user name and password.  If you need to break the password you can get the procedures on the cisco website.

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    Telnet is enabled by default on PIX firewalls - you should be able to telnet to the inside interface of the PIX.  Its ip address will be the gateway address of machines that traverse it.  

    If you don't have any access to the PIX due to password (or lack of password!) issues - then open up a console connection as follows :

    Connect the console cable from the PIX to a 9pin serial port in a pc
    Open hyperterminal and set the connection to use the COM port you are connected to e.g. COM1
    Set the session as speed 9600, 8, 1, None

    You should receive a password prompt here.

    Follow this link for password recovery of PIX - be careful doing this and read all documentaion re same before attempting.

    Post any further queries re same
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    by:Andres Perales
    Also just an FYI a PIX may or may not be the gateway to your machines on the inside.  If you have a routing device on the inside the gateway maybe that machine, and that device will be configured to pass it traffic to the PIX.  If you have multiple VLANS on that routing device then gateways maybe different as well, you pretty have to look at the physical aspect of your network architecture.


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