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Default Passwords

A list of the common default passwords you can find in use with Digital Rebar Platform.


When using the community BootEnvs for installation, the password is set to a variant of RocketSkates. See rs_configuring_default for complete details.

For all bootenvs (sledgehammer, centos, ubuntu, etc.) the default pattern does NOT allow login via Password. See rs_add_ssh for manaing SSH Authorized Keys login details.

We strongly recommend changing this default or, better, using SSH without-password options as per rs_access_ssh_root_mode details.

A quick reference table for passwords

use user password
drp endpoint auth rocketskates r0cketsk8ts
sledgehammer root rebar1
ubuntuhammer rocketskates RocketSkates
most bootenvs (1) root RocketSkates
debian / ubuntu rocketskates RocketSkates
cloud-init images varies (1) RocketSkates
VMware ESXi (2) root RocketSkates
  1. Most bootenvs and cloud-init images refers to CentOS, Ubuntu, CoreOS, ESXi, etc. Generally speaking, this is the default "installed" credentials. Note that each distro has it's own rules about root versus installed default user accounts. DRP follows most vendors "patterns" with regards to root -vs- unprivileged user creation, with the username changed to "rocketskates". Some vendor specific notes are below.
  2. ESXi passwords by default will be assigned the r0cketsk8ts password. However, if the Param esxi/generate-random-password is set to true, then a randomly generated password will be used, and recorded on the Machine object Param named esxi/insecure-password.

For debian / ubuntu bootenvs, the default user (rocketskates, can be changed by setting provisioner-default-user Param), has sudo privileges.

For Images with cloud-init pieces, there often is an injected centos user for CentOS, ubuntu for Ubuntu, etc. user. This is controlled by the cloud-init configurations of the image build process.

For more about VMware, see vmware_esxi_passwords

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dr-provision, operating systems, default passwords, default usernames

Revision Information

KB Article     :  kb-00009
initial release:  Wed Jun 10 10:49:50 PDT 2020
updated release:  Wed Jun 10 10:49:50 PDT 2020