Hi, Folks --
I am hoping that someone here has a helpful solution to this issue, as I have been trying to resolve this for a while now with no luck.
I am running FreePBX 126.96.36.199. I recently received the notification in FreePBX "You are running with the default, well-known Asterisk Manager Password" message, and so I changed the value of AMPMGRPASS in the two files that I am supposed to -- namely, /etc/amportal.conf and /etc/asterisk/manager.conf.
However, upon attempting to reload the config in FreePBX, I get the following fatal error:
Mon, 30 May 2011 18:21:35 -0700 - Failed to login.
[FATAL] Unable to connect to Asterisk Manager from /var/lib/asterisk/bin/retrieve_conf, aborting
Needless to say, the Asterisk status in the FreePBX GUI is now red, and none of the areas such as Extensions, etc., are accessible.
Looking for other instances of the default Asterisk Manager Password in the config files, I found it also in the file /etc/asterisk/extensions_additional.conf but changing it there as well had no effect. I have taken all obvious steps, such as restarting the server, etc.
Does anyone know how I can get FreePBX working properly again without changing back to the default Asterisk Manager Password (and presumably, re-opening the vulnerability)?
Thanks, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
PS: As an aside, if this is a security hole (as would seem to be indicated by the error message), the process of changing this password should be much easier, and indeed, each install should use a randomly-generated password instead of every install using the same default password.