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pic-console authentication {(encrypted-password "password" | plain-text-password);}

Hierarchy Level

[edit system]

Release Information

Statement introduced before JUNOS Release 7.4.


Configure console access to Physical Interface Cards (PICs).


Disabled. By default, there is no password setting for console access.


encrypted-password " password"—Use MD5 or other encrypted authentication. Specify the MD5 or other password. You can specify only one encrypted password.

You cannot configure a blank password for encrypted-password using blank quotation marks (" "). You must configure a password whose number of characters range from 1 through 128 characters and enclose the password in quotation marks.

plain-text-password—Use a plain-text password. The CLI prompts you for the password and then encrypts it. The CLI displays the encrypted version, and the software places the encrypted version in its user database. You can specify only one plain-text password.

The default requirements for plain-text passwords are:

  • The password must be between 6 and 128 characters long
  • You can include most character classes in a password (uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and other special characters). Control characters are not recommended.
  • Valid passwords must contain at least one change of case or character class.

Required Privilege Level

admin—To view this statement in the configuration.

admin-control—To add this statement to the configuration.

Published: 2010-04-26

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