NAS542 - cannot change default password

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I use the NAS since a lot of years, but since two weeks I cannot log into management UI (with browser) and also the SSH login is not possible. I resetted the system password to the default (using reset button) and can now access the NAS with SSH again.

On the webUI the system asks for a new password (after entering the default), but it doesn't change it. So it will be set to the default password again and again.

On SSH I can login and change the admin and root passwords with "passwd".

What is the problem with the UI? Can I change some settings per SSH to prevent the password change on login? Can I reset to factory settings without lost my data on the HDDs? Can I reinstall the latest firmware with the SSH access?

Thanks a lot.

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  • MasterOfDisaster
    MasterOfDisaster Posts: 6
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    I have solved the problem with the Zyxel support:

    Reset the NAS to factory settings with the "reset" button on the back of the hardware (press more than 10s). Find the new IP of the NAS and log into the WebUI using default password. Applications are all accessible again. Install newest firmware. Restore settings with a previously stored configuration file. Reboot NAS, be happy.

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  • MasterOfDisaster
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    On the FTP Server there is a firmware update at May 20th. So it could be the source of the problems.

  • MasterOfDisaster
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    Found a solution for the webUI problem here:

    https://www.romanstefko.com/2021/09/unable-to-login-to-zyxel-nas542-after-firmware-upgrade/

    Use "smbpasswd" on the admin account via ssh. Login is possible again, now I can check the status of the firmware.

  • MasterOfDisaster
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    Hm, all the applications for system status are gone, I can only see

    File browser, photo, music, video, playzone settings, application zone, myZyXELcloud, Video Tutorial and Knowledge Base.

    So I cannot see information about the HDDs and also systems settings are not available. Can I restore these things?

  • Mijzelf
    Mijzelf Posts: 2,721  Guru Member
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    When you use ssh to access the NAS, you can find a directory .guiconfig or something like that in the .system directory. Deleting that directory might solve your problem.

  • MasterOfDisaster
    MasterOfDisaster Posts: 6
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    I have solved the problem with the Zyxel support:

    Reset the NAS to factory settings with the "reset" button on the back of the hardware (press more than 10s). Find the new IP of the NAS and log into the WebUI using default password. Applications are all accessible again. Install newest firmware. Restore settings with a previously stored configuration file. Reboot NAS, be happy.

  • MasterOfDisaster
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    cd /i-data/xyz/.system

    ls -allR | grep ".gui"

    returns no such directory.

  • Mijzelf
    Mijzelf Posts: 2,721  Guru Member
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    The directory is is .system/guicfg , which, in my opinion, falls within the range of “or something like that".

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