Ubiquiti AirOS 8.5.12 disable Wireless Security

It appears that with one of the latest 8.5 updates that you can no longer change Wireless Security to none from the web interface. Work around is to disable it in a config then apply the config. You can do this from the command line or upload a config under the System tab.

Web Interface

Go to the System tab, backup configuration

open configuration in a text editor and change
“aaa.1.status=enabled” to “aaa.1.status=disabled”

Upload Configuration and Apply to device

Command line

ssh admin@
sed -i '/aaa.1.status=enabled/aaa.1.status=disabled/g' /tmp/system.cfg
/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save

The above should be it, or you can manually edit “/tmp/system.cfg” and change the following line




Save changes

/usr/etc/rc.d/rc.softrestart save

Ubiquiti AirOS – “test” changes from command line

The following is a method to recover from a command that may inadvertenly make a radio go offline.

The idea is to launch a process in the background that sleeps for 5 minutes and then reboots the radio, so any changes not saved will be reverted. If the changes were successful, you’ll just need to log back in and kill the background process to keep the device from rebooting.

This can be helpful if your changing networking settings using ifconfig, trying to change routes, or something went wrong while trying to apply a system.cfg setting.


sleep 300 && reboot &

Execute whatever command you need to. i.e.


If your command worked you can log back into the device and search for the process id of the sleep command and kill it so the radio doesn’t reboot.

ps | grep sleep

Example output

2XC.v8.5.12# ps | grep sleep
412 admin 1636 S sleep 500
414 admin 1640 S grep sleep

Kill the pid

kill 412

Setting up Proxy over SSH on Linux

Initiate a ssh connection to the server or device you want to use as a proxy. You can change the port to something else if so desired.

ssh username@ipaddress -D 1880

Log in and leave the session running

You can now setup your computer or browser to use the Proxy.
Specify SOCKS Host, hostname is either localhost or, the port is 1880.

Firefox example below.

Setting up Proxy over SSH with Putty on Windows

What we are going to do is create a proxy using ssh so we can tunnel our web traffic in Firefox through it.

First, launch putty and setup a SSH connection like you normally would.

Next, in Putty, go to the Connection, SSH, Tunnels.  Set source port, change to Dynamic, and add.  In this example we are using port 1880.

After you have it set, Open the connection and log in.

Now go to the Proxy settings in Firefox.  You can open new tab, type about:preferences, hit enter, search proxy.

Set to Manual proxy configuration, then under SOCKS Host put localhost and the port number from Putty above, 1880 in our case.

You should now be running over the proxy, can test by running a whats my ip address.

This can be particularly useful in cases where you need to access a local IP address range on something like a Ubiquiti radio or router.  Or you need to check something from a different IP address.

Remove AirControl provisioning from Ubiquiti radio via SSH

Short version

List AirControl server(s)


Remove from AirControl Server

mca-provision-rm http://server-address


Expanded Steps

First you’ll need to SSH into your radio


ssh ubnt@

Next run “mca-provision-list” to list the connection(s) the radio has, or is trying to connect to.  If you have had the radio connected to multiple AirControl servers it will show more than one entry.


XM.v6.1.3# mca-provision-list
unknown @ -

To remove, run “mca-provision-rm” with the AirControl address.  You can simple use the “http://server-ip”, shouldn’t have to worry about the port number/AC2/report.


XM.v6.1.3# mca-provision-rm
Found 1 entries matching '':
Removing: unknown @ ...
Found Backup1 on[1] ...
Found Active on[2] ...
Storing Active[1] ... [%100]
Active->Backup[2] ... [%100]


semanage Allow and Delete ports in CentOS

The commands are for CentOS, but should work on Fedora and RedHat.

If semanage is not installed refer to here.

You would typically use this along with the systems firewall to allow a port through.  Guide for firewalld and iptables.  If you change it in the firewall and fail to add/edit it in semanage you can potentially get weird behavior like sshd not wanting to start after changing the port.

Add port

semanage port -a -t ssh_port_t -p tcp 2222

The above command allows the sshd service to start, using port 2222.

List allowed ports

semanage port -l

You can use grep to filter the results


[admin@localhost ~]# semanage port -l | grep ssh
ssh_port_t tcp 2222, 22
[admin@localhost ~]#

Delete port

semanage port -d -p tcp 2222

Other examples

Allow SNMP

semanage port -a -t snmp_port_t -p udp 161


Setup Secure FTP server on CentOS

Setup SFTP Server

When finished you’ll have a SFTP server setup that is configured so the users are in a chroot environment, and can not ssh, or telnet to the server.

Install SSH server if it is not already

yum install openssh-server openssh-client

Create group that is limited to sftp so they can’t ssh, scp etc.

groupadd sftpusers

Add chroot settings to /etc/ssh/sshd_config.  The %u is a variable, which is the users username.

Match Group sftpusers
ChrootDirectory /sftp/%u
ForceCommand internal-sftp

Make ftp directory

mkdir /sftp

Add SFTP user

useradd -g sftpusers -d /sftp -s /sbin/nologin newsftpuser

Create password for new user

passwd newsftpuser

Create directory for user

mkdir /sftp/newsftpuser

Create directory to put ftp files

mkdir /sftp/newsftpuser/files

Change permissions

chown newsftpuser:sftpusers /sftp/newsftpuser/files/

Restart sshd

systemctl restart sshd

Should be good to go.  Test it by logging in with your favorite FTP client.