rlogin -froot Remote Root Access

high Nessus Plugin ID 10161
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It is possible to connect to this host as 'root' without a password.


The remote /bin/login seems to be affected by a 'forced root login' vulnerability. By attempting to connet via rlogin and forcing it to use the root account (rlogin -froot), any attacker may use this flaw to gain remote root access on this system.


Upgrade your /bin/login, or comment out the 'rlogin' line in /etc/inetd.conf and restart the inetd process

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 10161

File Name: rlogin_froot.nasl

Version: 1.19

Type: remote

Published: 8/26/2002

Updated: 7/27/2018

Dependencies: find_service1.nasl, rlogin.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.9

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/21/1994

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0113

BID: 458