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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dougvaughan, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. dougvaughan

    dougvaughan Member

    Nov 26, 2004
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    i bought a server on ebay with WHM/cPanel loaded. this will probably be a dumb question, but i'll ask anyways. any ideas on recovering the password? the seller has no idea.
    i have a lifetime license on my own box, plus a vps elsewhere, but i figure if i lost my pass on my box, i'd just submit a support ticket. on this new box i just purchased, i'm wondering if there is a way to recover it without reformatting and such. my plan is to put the new box into service and retire the old one - transfering the i.p. and everything to the new box.
  2. Spiral

    Spiral BANNED

    Jun 24, 2005
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    The WHM password is going to be the same as your "root" login to the box
    which I presume you have else the box is going to be pretty useless.

    Now as far as license goes, Cpanel / WHM licenses are ties to IP address
    so unless you miraculously have the same IP address as the original owner,
    any license they may have had on the server is completely useless.

    To be quite frank though and speaking a a professional security consultant,
    I would not even bother attempting to reuse the Cpanel / WHM installation
    on the server because you have no way of knowing if it has been backdoored,
    trojaned, corrupted, or any of about a thousand other possible problems and
    you would be much better off all around wiping the machine totally clean
    and rebuilding the server from scratch with a new installation of Cpanel.

    You mentioned transferring your current IP over to the new machine and
    that is something you could definitely do and going beyond that, you could
    rsync your entire current server into that machine and that would take
    care of the Cpanel issue in the process as well.
  3. Eric

    Eric Administrator
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    Nov 25, 2007
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    I hate "me too" posts on forums as much as the next guy, but I agree with Spiral on concerns with the root password. If someone else has had it that isn't in your sphere of trust, then it's time to consider a re-image.

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