Privilege levels at log on

Privilege levels control the type of access to the CLI. To implement this control, you must set at least a Manager password. Without a Manager password configured, anyone having serial port, Telnet, or web browser access to the switch can reach all CLI levels. (For more on setting passwords, See the usernames and passwords in the Access Security Guide for your switch.)

When you use the CLI to log on to the switch, and passwords are set, you will be prompted to enter a password. For example:

CLI log-on screen with password(s) set

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In the above case, you will enter the CLI at the level corresponding to the password you provide (operator or manager).

If no passwords are set when you log on to the CLI, you will enter at the Manager level. For example:

switch# _

Hewlett Packard Enterprise strongly recommends that you configure a Manager password. If a Manager password is not configured, then the Manager level is not password-protected, and anyone having in-band or out-of-band access to the switch may be able to reach the Manager level and compromise switch and network security. Note that configuring only an Operator password does not prevent access to the Manager level by intruders who have the Operator password.

Pressing the Clear button on the front of the switch removes password protection. For this reason, it is recommended that you protect the switch from physical access by unauthorized persons. If you are concerned about switch security and operation, you must install the switch in a secure location, such as a locked wiring closet.