Finger .@host Unused Account Disclosure

medium Nessus Plugin ID 10072


The finger service running on the remote host has an information disclosure vulnerability.


It is possible to force the remote finger daemon to display a list of accounts that have never been used by issuing the request :

finger .@target

A remote attacker could use this information to guess which operating system is running or mount further attacks against these accounts.


Disable or filter access to the finger daemon.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 10072

File Name: finger_dot.nasl

Version: 1.28

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 6/22/1999

Updated: 8/10/2018

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

Vulnerability Information

Exploited by Nessus: true

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/1/1995

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0198