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What is the difference between Enable and Enable Secret Password?

Asked by Jasmijn , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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D. Peter

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D. Peter, Software Developer, B.E (Bachelor of Engineering), Mexico

Answered Jun 16, 2020

On Cisco devices, there are a plethora of ways that you can protect resources by utilizing passwords. The common ways to accomplish this is through the enable password command and enable secret password command. The critical difference between the two is encryption. Enable provides the password that you choose and places it in a plain text format and is not encrypted.

Enable secret password, on the other hand, is encrypted with MDS. Enable secret is the better way to go. Cisco allows you to see the stored passwords, as they are part of the configuration file. When you look at them, you will see the actual password created by enable secret. It will be in it’s encrypted form.

 

C. Lucan

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C. Lucan, Copywriter, Literature Major, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Answered Jun 07, 2020

There are two common ways of protecting resources through the use of passwords on Cisco devices. The two ways of doing this are, through enable password and enable secret password. The major difference between the enable and the enable secret is the encryption. With the enable password command, the password you give would be stored on a plain text format, and it is also not encrypted. While for the enable secret password command, the password is encrypted using MD5.

In a simpler sense, the most secure way is the enable secret command. The enable secret is far safer than using the enable password command. The enable secret command is said to be uncrackable, but then it is easy to crack encrypted password to enable secret command by searching video and tutorials online. So to crack the encrypted password of the enable secret command, you just have to know what you're doing.

 

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