IDSM passwd recovery

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marcabal Fri, 10/19/2007 - 14:05
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Password Recovery is only supported with IPS 6.0. During password recovery you can reset the cisco user password back to default cisco without losing any of the configuration on the sensor.

If you are running IPS 6.0, then you would need to boot to the Maintenance Partition and run a special file that will just reset the password on the Application Partition.

Instructions are available here:

If you are running IPS 4.x, 5.0, or 5.1; then there is no password recovery option that only changes the password. You would instead just have to boot to the Maintenance Partion and load a completely new System Image on the sensor.

The new System Image will reformat the Application Partition and load a completely new image. All configuraiton would be lost. I will reset the cisco user password to default cisco, but at the cost of also losing all of your sensor configuration.

marcabal Tue, 10/23/2007 - 06:54
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Boot to maint partition

Download the following file from and place on an ftp server:


Located here on

From the main partition execute the upgrade command to download and install that special password recovery file.

Boot to the application partition (this may be done automatically).

Login with cisco userid and default "cisco" password.

You will be prompted to enter the default "cisco" password again, and then be prompted for the new password.


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