In Cisco routers, passwords configured with the
enable secret command are encrypted and stored in the router's configuration file. It is not possible to view the actual password in plain text once it has been encrypted. However, you can view the encrypted password by using the following command:
This command will display the line in the configuration file that contains the "enable secret" password, including the encrypted password.
For example, if the enable secret password is "mysecretpassword", the output of the command will look like:
enable secret 5 $1$W2zv$on/93jefLmsGc32tWioNt1
The string of characters after "enable secret 5" is the encrypted password.
It is important to keep in mind that while you can view the encrypted password, you cannot use it to log in to the router. You must enter the actual password that you set during configuration to gain access to the privileged EXEC mode.
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