I am running ISPConfig 3 under CentOS and I had to manually reset my MySQL root account password yesterday. Since resetting the password I haven't been able to login to ISPConfig's web interface with any account including my admin one.

If I try to login with username: admin and my password I get Error Username or Password wrong.

I reset my MySQL root password.

mysqladmin -u root -p'oldpass' password 'roottest'

I logged into MySQL and reset admin password to test.

mysql -u root -p'roottest'
mysql> use dbispconfig;
mysql> database changed
mysql> update sys_user set passwort = md5('admintest') WHERE username = 'admin';
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.07 sec)
Rows matched: 1  Changed: 1  Warnings: 0

I changed my mysql_clientdb.conf to the new password.

vi /usr/local/ispconfig/server/lib/mysql_clientdb.conf
$clientdb_host                  = 'localhost';
$clientdb_user                  = 'root';
$clientdb_password              = 'roottest';

I couldn't find a way to restart ISPConfig 3, or if it's even possible.

The same error from the ISPConfig login page still shows up when trying to login with u: admin p: admintest.

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I don't think the root MySQL password had anything to do with my issues. To solve this I found my current ispconfig mysql account password here.

vi /usr/local/ispconfig/server/lib/config.inc.php

$conf['db_password'] = 'VERYLONGPASSWORDSTRING';

I then reset the MySQL ispconfig account password.

mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql
mysql> update User set Password = PASSWORD('VERYLONGPASSWORDSTRING') WHERE User = 'ispconfig';

I could then correctly get through the ISPConfig login page.

  • 1
    Had the same issue today, your solution worked like a charm!
    – davil
    Oct 1, 2012 at 17:17

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