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How to change console password on a pix 501

nettiebetz asked
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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Hello Experts - Nettie here...
Pix 6.2

I don't know what i did when i set up a pix 501 a LONG time ago...
I have a perfectily running PIX - can reach via telnet just fine.
I cannot, however, console in via console port with a laptop.  The pix does prompt for a password.  It does not prompt for a username.  Password only.  My telnet password does not work for the console password - and i can't seem to find any documentation on changing the console password...only find docs on setting telnet and enable passwords.  Since i can get to enable mode via telnet...how do i reset the console password only?
Thank you so much!
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Did you try blank password or 'cisco' ?


Is your PIX authenticating logons locally or to an AAA server ? If it is using an AAA server, then logon via telnet, and issue the command "clear passwd" which will reset the console password to "cisco".


Authenticating logons locally...


Yes sir, I did - tried - Cisco, cisco, ciscopix, pix, blank -etc...so i must have set to something and not left the default  - i have documented (1year ago) what i "thought" i set it to...but it doesn't work either...

If you have done "clear passwd" then it should have reset it and something screwy is going on. If you really want to have console access again (which I agree is quite important), then I would suggest two possibilties:

1. Upgrade to a newer version of OS and see if this fixes it.
2. Use the PIX password recovery procedure:
No Clue. PIX is acting weird.



For clarification - Are the console password and telnet password supposed to be one in the same?  i tried the "clear passwd" command on another (non production) pix i have and it reset the telnet password to cisco.

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