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Well I have had a Cisco PIX 506E for a while now. I think I upgraded this thing to 256MB of memory. I got it from my old company back in the day when I was doing desktop support. I believe this unit has some licenses already installed on it.

Is this thing even worth running? Are there any useful mods/hacks for them beside upgrading the ram and CPU? I have no Cisco knowledge at all. Where are some good places to learn the OLD PDM administration system/console? I am not even sure that I know the username or password to this device... frown.gif

Would this PIX bottleneck my internet connection?

This is where she sits:


CISCO SYSTEMS PIX FIREWALL
Embedded BIOS Version 4.3.207 01/02/02 16:12:22.73
Compiled by morlee
256 MB RAM

PCI Device Table.
Bus Dev Func VendID DevID Class Irq
00 00 00 8086 7192 Host Bridge
00 07 00 8086 7110 ISA Bridge
00 07 01 8086 7111 IDE Controller
00 07 02 8086 7112 Serial Bus 9
00 07 03 8086 7113 PCI Bridge
00 0D 00 8086 1209 Ethernet 11
00 0E 00 8086 1209 Ethernet 10

Cisco Secure PIX Firewall BIOS (4.2) #0: Mon Dec 31 08:34:35 PST 2001
Platform PIX-506E
System Flash=E28F640J3 @ 0xfff00000

Use BREAK or ESC to interrupt flash boot.
Use SPACE to begin flash boot immediately.
Reading 1937920 bytes of image from flash.
#########################################################################################################
256MB RAM
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 11 MAC: 0011.93d1.28b8
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 10 MAC: 0011.93d1.28b7
System Flash=E28F640J3 @ 0xfff00000
BIOS Flash=am29f400b @ 0xd8000

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..:||||||:..:||||||:..
c i s c o S y s t e m s
Private Internet eXchange

Cisco PIX Firewall

Cisco PIX Firewall Version 6.3(3)
Licensed Features:
Failover: Disabled
VPN-DES: Enabled
VPN-3DES-AES: Enabled
Maximum Physical Interfaces: 2
Maximum Interfaces: 2
Cut-through Proxy: Enabled
Guards: Enabled
URL-filtering: Enabled
Inside Hosts: Unlimited
Throughput: Unlimited
IKE peers: Unlimited

This PIX has a Restricted (R) license.


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DHCP command failed
outside interface address added to PAT pool

Cryptochecksum(unchanged): 08a62154 d4c7727a f4388493 9bef4d09
Type help or '?' for a list of available commands.
pixfirewall>

Edited by Deeeebs - 2/2/13 at 10:31pm
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You don't have the enable password? You're pretty much SOL, because with any box I'm running, at the user access prompt I immediately type the enable prompt.

Here's something I found that may help you out:
Quote:
PIX Without a Floppy Drive
Complete these steps to recover your password:

Note: Sample output from the password recovery procedure is available in this document.

Install a serial terminal or a PC with terminal emulation software on the PIX console port.

Verify that you have a connection with the PIX, and that characters are going from the terminal to the PIX, and from the PIX to the terminal.

Note: Because you are locked out, you only see a password prompt.

Immediately after you power on the PIX Firewall and the startup messages appear, send a BREAK character or press the ESC key. The monitor> prompt is displayed. If needed, type ? (question mark) to list the available commands.

Use the interface command to specify which interface the ping traffic should use. For floppiless PIXes with only two interfaces, the monitor command defaults to the inside interface.

Use the address command to specify the IP address of the PIX Firewall's interface.

Use the server command to specify the IP address of the remote TFTP server containing the PIX password recovery file.

Use the file command to specify the filename of the PIX password recovery file. For example, the 5.1 release uses a file named np51.bin.

If needed, enter the gateway command to specify the IP address of a router gateway through which the server is accessible.

If needed, use the ping command to verify accessibility. If this command fails, fix access to the server before continuing.

Use the tftp command to start the download.

As the password recovery file loads, this message is displayed:

Do you wish to erase the passwords? [yn] y
Passwords have been erased. Note: If there are Telnet or console aaa authentication commands in version 6.2, the system also prompts to remove these.

The default Telnet password after this process is "cisco." There is no default enable password. Go into configuration mode and issue the passwd your_password command to change your Telnet password and the enable password your_enable_password command to create an enable password, and then save your configuration.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

You don't have the enable password? You're pretty much SOL, because with any box I'm running, at the user access prompt I immediately type the enable prompt.

Here's something I found that may help you out:
Good luck!

I actually hooked the ting up and I must have reset it back in the day toying around with it. So its fully open now. Just know nothing about Cisco CLI. I just dont know what to do with this thing and not sure if it will bottle neck my connection to the internet. I dont think it will but im not familiar with network hardware all that much. So figuring out and learning how to use this thing will be a big learning curve for me.
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I actually hooked the ting up and I must have reset it back in the day toying around with it. So its fully open now. Just know nothing about Cisco CLI. I just dont know what to do with this thing and not sure if it will bottle neck my connection to the internet. I dont think it will but im not familiar with network hardware all that much. So figuring out and learning how to use this thing will be a big learning curve for me.

IOS is loosely UNIX based, you may notice some similar commands when you type "?" at the prompt. Essentially, the "su" command on IOS is "enable". This will give you kinda root access, you'll be able to manage the whole system that way. Type "show interfaces" to give you a run down of what's going on with the system's interfaces.

But IOS is nice, you can type "?" after anything, and it'll give you a list of what you can do with that command. For example with show interfaces, you can type "?" after show, and it'll list what the show command can do. Also if you hit tab, it'll fill out the whole command for you based on what it thinks you're trying to type.

It's pretty simple once you get going with it. Like linux, there's a lot of documentation, but a LOT of IOS versions out there. thumb.gif
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IOS is loosely UNIX based, you may notice some similar commands when you type "?" at the prompt. Essentially, the "su" command on IOS is "enable". This will give you kinda root access, you'll be able to manage the whole system that way. Type "show interfaces" to give you a run down of what's going on with the system's interfaces.

But IOS is nice, you can type "?" after anything, and it'll give you a list of what you can do with that command. For example with show interfaces, you can type "?" after show, and it'll list what the show command can do. Also if you hit tab, it'll fill out the whole command for you based on what it thinks you're trying to type.

It's pretty simple once you get going with it. Like linux, there's a lot of documentation, but a LOT of IOS versions out there. thumb.gif

Ya well that doesnt help since I dont know UNIX or Linux haha... What would you use something like this for in a home network environment?
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Ya well that doesnt help since I dont know UNIX or Linux haha... What would you use something like this for in a home network environment?

The PIX series is basically an IPS (Intrusion Protection System)/Firewall/VPN. May be a little hardcore the home usage, but still may be useful. I actually believe Cisco migrated from the PIX series to the ASA series. I'm not sure what mitigation features it may have. Check here for more info: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2120/index.html

It's actually EOL, so you might not be able to get updates, support, etc. But plenty of online documentation if you do end up using it smile.gif
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It could be used for home use. Actually have a customer that still uses a PIX for their guest networks. Their Core network utilizes a mix of ASA's and Palo boxes.

There are uses for a home network if you have the need. I use a Cisco 891W ISR for my main router at home. Nice being able to create multiple Vlans. ACLs, VPN, NAT/PAT pools, more robust routing, etc. But like I said, you really have to have a need or want. It's always good to mess around it though if you like doing networking.

Obtaining code from Cisco can be a bit tricky though without an active service contract. They really locked things down a couple years ago.

As pointed out above, they are EOL. They were replaced by the ASA line of security appliances.
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The question I have is what is the speed of the outside interface? My old Pix 501 is only 10/full. Depending on what site you go to, the 506e can either have a 10 mbps or 10/100 mbps outside interface.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/pix/pix62/pdm21/quick/guide/506quick.pdf Look under Hardware Features on the second page.


You can either do a "sho run" or "sho ip" or "sho interface" with the older code.
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The question I have is what is the speed of the outside interface? My old Pix 501 is only 10/full. Depending on what site you go to, the 506e can either have a 10 mbps or 10/100 mbps outside interface.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/pix/pix62/pdm21/quick/guide/506quick.pdf Look under Hardware Features on the second page.


You can either do a "sho run" or "sho ip" or "sho interface" with the older code.

10/100 on auto sense


slappynuts(config)# show interface
interface ethernet0 "outside" is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is i82559 ethernet, address is 0011.93d1.28b7
IP address 192.168.1.37, subnet mask 255.255.255.0
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit full duplex
2946 packets input, 188032 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 2955 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
27 packets output, 2680 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
0 babbles, 0 late collisions, 0 deferred
0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier
input queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (128/128) software (0/2)
output queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (0/1) software (0/1)
interface ethernet1 "inside" is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is i82559 ethernet, address is 0011.93d1.28b8
IP address 10.10.0.1, subnet mask 255.255.255.0
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit full duplex
787 packets input, 84382 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 273 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
690 packets output, 624317 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
0 babbles, 0 late collisions, 0 deferred
0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier
input queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (128/128) software (0/4)
output queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (0/7) software (0/1)
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This box is still good for a home setup as long as you have it properly setup. I recall using a PIX 501 for a while and the throughput was 40mbps both ways so it shouldn't bottleneck your internet. Keep in mind other newer boxes that I have tested have a throughput of around 90 mbps both ways and are easier to manage.
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