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Reset A2Billing 1.4 root password

If you lose or forget your a2billing 1.4 root password then there is a simple procedure for resetting it by editing the MySQL database.

To do this you’ll need to get SSH access to your server. If you use Windows then Putty is a good, free application for this.

1. Log in to your server as root

2. Determine the database name, user and password for your A2Billing database
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Trixbox 2.6 passwords – Changing on a Sysadminman VPS

It’s definitely a good idea to change the default passwords you get with your Sysadminman hosted Asterisk server.

Here’s how to do it if you’re using Trixbox 2.6.

Changing the passwords should be pretty much the same as it would be on a regular Trixbox server.

First you need to SSH (a secure command line connection) to the server. If you use Windows on your desktop a good program for making SSH connections is Putty. It’s free and you can find it here – http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

For changing the server root password –

Use Putty, or another SSH client, to log into the server as the user root

Run the passwd command –

# passwd
Changing password for user root.
New UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

For changing the Trixbox ‘maint’ password –

Use Putty, or another SSH client, to log into the server as the user root

Run the passwd-maint command –

# passwd-maint
Set password for Admin section of trixbox CE GUI
User: maint

New password:
Re-type new password:
Updating password for user maint

For changing the Voicemail ‘admin’ password –

Use Putty, or another SSH client, to log into the server as the user root

(Unfortunately there is no command for changing this password and you need to manually edit a file)

nano /var/www/html/recordings/includes/main.conf.php

Now find the line that contains (line 73) –

$ARI_ADMIN_PASSWORD ="old-password";

and change $ARI_ADMIN_PASSWORD to equal your required password. Now save the file.

For changing the WebMeetMe passwords –

WebMeetMe passwords can be changed through the WebMeetMe interface

Getting started with FreePBX – Part 6 Cheap phone calls using DISA and Callback

One of the great things about voip is that you can make international calls at local rates.  Combine that with Asterisk/FreePBX and you’ve got the ability to make cheap international phone calls using your mobile phone.

To do this we’re going to setup DISA (Direct Inward System Access). This will enable us to ring our Asterisk server, get a dial tone and then dial back out again.

Then I will show you how you can combine this with callbacks if that works out cheaper for you.

Installing the modules

First we need to install the DISA (if it’s not installed already) and Callback modules. See part 5 for more information about installing FreePBX modules.

Setting up DISA

Now we are going to configure a DISA…

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Hackers targetting Asterisk boxes

I saw the first ‘externsion scan’ of my Asterisk box this week. That is, an external server tried to register as an extension, starting at extension 100 all the way up to extension 999. I’m assuming if they had found a valid extension number then this would have been been followed by a brute force password (secret) scan.

This is an interesting article explaining the problem a little more – http://michigantelephone.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/why-didnt-freepbx-developers-implement-important-security-patch/

If you’re running Asterisk (and FreePBX) then the least you need to do is make sure that you’ve got pretty strong passwords for your extensions.