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Cisco IOS in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition by James Boney

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Name

enable password — global

Synopsis

enable password [level level] password
no enable password

Configures

The password for the enable mode

Default

None

Description

This command sets the password for the enable mode. It can also be used to establish passwords for other levels. In the router’s configuration, the password is stored in the clear and can be viewed by using show running-config and other commands.

You can encrypt this password as well as other passwords with the command service password-encryption. However, because this encryption uses a very simple XOR algorithm, it is easily cracked.

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