Why do campus AP's ask for a password when connected through console port?

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Why do campus AP's ask for a password when connected through console port?

Campus AP's would require an password when accessed from console connection because, by default it is enabled in AP system profile from Aruba OS 6.4.4.x as highlighted below.
(Aruba7210) #show ap system-profile default

AP system profile "default"
Parameter                               Value
---------                               -----
RF Band                                 g
RF Band for AM mode scanning            all
Native VLAN ID                          1
Tunnel Heartbeat Interval               1
Corporate DNS Domain                    N/A
SNMP sysContact                         N/A
LED operating mode (11n/11ac APs only)  normal
LED override                            Disabled
Driver log level                        emergencies
SAP MTU                                 N/A
RAP MTU                                 1200 bytes
LMS IP                                  N/A
Backup LMS IP                           N/A
LMS IPv6                                N/A
Backup LMS IPv6                         N/A
LMS Preemption                          Disabled
LMS Hold-down Period                    600 sec
LMS ping interval                       20
Remote-AP DHCP Server VLAN              N/A
Remote-AP DHCP Server Id      
Remote-AP DHCP Default Router 
Remote-AP DHCP DNS Server               N/A
Remote-AP DHCP Pool Start     
Remote-AP DHCP Pool End       
Remote-AP DHCP Pool Netmask   
Remote-AP DHCP Lease Time               0 days
Remote-AP uplink total bandwidth        0 kbps
Remote-AP bw reservation 1              N/A
Remote-AP bw reservation 2              N/A
Remote-AP bw reservation 3              N/A
Bootstrap threshold                     8
Double Encrypt                          Disabled
Dump Server                             N/A
Heartbeat DSCP                          0
Maintenance Mode                        Disabled
Maximum Request Retries                 10
Request Retry Interval                  10 sec
Number of IPSEC retries                 85
AeroScout RTLS Server                   N/A
RTLS Server configuration               N/A
RTLS Server Compatibility Mode          Enabled
Telnet                                  Disabled
Spanning Tree                           Disabled
AP multicast aggregation                Disabled
AP ARP attack protection                Disabled
AP multicast aggregation allowed VLANs  none
Console enable                          Enabled
AP Console Password                     659bfa57+|H!~.
Password for Backup                     BA0003103!+^>
AP USB Power override                   Disabled
RF Band for Backup                      all
Operation for Backup                    off
BLE Endpoint URL                        N/A
BLE Auth Token                          N/A
BLE Operation Mode                      Disabled

(Aruba7210) #
Please find the below output from AP console that is requesting password.
[   39.725737] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[   39.802872] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[   39.914689] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[   40.034147] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial
[   40.196468] USB Serial support registered for generic
[   40.268448] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic
[   40.346613] usbserial: USB Serial Driver core
[   40.422880] ehci_hcd: USB 2.0 'Enhanced' Host Controller (EHCI) Driver
[   40.501120] fsl-ehci fsl-ehci.0: Freescale On-Chip EHCI Host Controller
[   40.580372] fsl-ehci fsl-ehci.0: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
[   40.687996] fsl-ehci fsl-ehci.0: irq 28, io base 0xffe22000
[   40.761953] fsl-ehci fsl-ehci.0: USB 2.0 started, EHCI 1.00
[   40.828720] usb usb1: New USB device found, idVendor=1d6b, idProduct=0002
[   40.910003] usb usb1: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=2, SerialNumber=1
[   40.996495] usb usb1: Product: Freescale On-Chip EHCI Host Controller
[   41.073601] usb usb1: Manufacturer: Linux 2.6.35 ehci_hcd
[   41.138222] usb usb1: SerialNumber: fsl-ehci.0
[   41.192280] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[   41.237148] hub 1-0:1.0: 1 port detected
[   41.438500] usbcore: registered new interface driver cdc_acm
[   41.506290] cdc_acm: v0.26:USB Abstract Control Model driver for USB modems and ISDN adapters
Clearing P1020 PCIe Error Status
AP rebooted Wed Dec 31 16:02:14 PST 1969; SAPD: Reboot after successful image upgrade
shutting down watchdog process (nanny will restart it)...

        <<<<<       Welcome to the Access Point     >>>>>

We would be able to access the AP console after entering the default password in "AP system profile" or we can disable AP console as well.
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I managed to log into the access point with the password, but after it accepts the password it gives me the following:

    <<<<<       Welcome to the Access Point     >>>>>

~ #

~ #
~ #
~ # login
login: Permission denied
~ # password
password: Permission denied


What kind of commands can I give in this prompt? Ping maybe? Why does it give me a permission denied when I entered the password?


What might I be missing?


Thanks in advance:


Running into the same issue. Anyone have any ideas?

That is a normal behavior by default but if can be disabled if needed:

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