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Recover WEP,admin,Guest account Passwords from WLC.

Procedure to Recover WEP,Admin,Guest account Password from WLC

Step 1 :

1. (Cisco Controller) >show switchconfig
802.3x Flow Control Mode......................... Disable
FIPS prerequisite features....................... Disabled
secret obfuscation............................... Enabled

(Cisco Controller) >config switchconfig secret-obfuscation disabled

 Secret (de-)obfuscation may take a few minutes.
Please wait...  Done!

(Cisco Controller) >config passwd-cleartext enable

The way you see your passwds will be changed
You are being warned.

Enter admin password: ***********
Enabling cleartext viewing of passwords

Step 2:

2. Download config from the WLC. Commands --> Upload configuration from
WLC to tftp server.

Step 3:

3. Open the file in notepad : 


config wlan security static-wep-key encryption 4 40 hex encrypt 0 0 0 128 313233343500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 1

40 = 40 bit key


config mgmtuser add encrypt admin1 0 0 0 8 436973636f31323300000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 read-write

Guest-Account :

config netuser add encrypt username guest-1 password 0 0 0 7 67756573742d310000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 wlan 0 usertype guest lifetime 86400

Step 4:

4. Use this tool to convert to Ascii : ( Use red colour digits ..)

WEP : Key size = 40bit.
HEX :3132333435 
Ascii : 12345 ( using the tool )

ADMIN : Username : admin1
HEX : 436973636f313233
Ascii : Cisco123

Guest-Account: Username: guest-1
HEX: 67756573742d31 
Ascii : guest-1 

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This appears to be the wep portion. Your subject line mentioned admin and guest account passwords.. What is the process for these?

Cisco Employee

Hi George,

Thanks for letting me know.. I modified it and added some colors !! Hopefully this should help.


New Member

Has anyone got this to work in 7.2 code (specifically on a  5508)?  I can't seem to get the hex values back out via the config after  enabling and FTP-ing my configuration back out.  A `show run-config  commands` does display all my user/passwords unencrypted properly (I'm  really after some lost PSKs though).  Anyone get this working  successfully?