Getting "http error 401-unauthorized:invalid username or password error" while trying to register system

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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x
  • Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM)

Issue

  • When trying to register the system with subscription-manager register , facing error as: error "http error 401-unauthorized: invalid username or password"

  • Getting "invalid username or password error" while trying to register system with RHSM

Resolution

  • Avoid using blank space or hyphen in the password to successfully register the system as subscription-manager (RHSM).
  • Reset the password if the password contains a space in it.

To reset the password click here

Root Cause

Subscription-manager (RHSM) does not honor the value when a blank space or hyphen is added to a password, instead consider adding special characters is suggested.

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3 Comments

This solution works not in my case. My password doesn't contain blanks. Even with a legal password the registration of my system fails in that way.

I have the same issue also, trying to subscribe a x86_64 RHEL7.7 virtual machine

my issue was using the email address and not the username...

# subscription-manager clean

# subscription-manager register --username=username_under_change_password --auto-attach

# yum clean all

# yum repolist

https://www.redhat.com/wapps/ugc/protected/password.html

cheers