macOS 10.13 root Authentication Bypass Direct Check

High Nessus Plugin ID 104848


The remote host is running a version of macOS that is affected by a root authentication bypass vulnerability.


The remote host is running a version of macOS that has a root authentication bypass vulnerability. A local attacker or a remote attacker with credentials for a standard user account has the ability to blank out the root account password. This can allow an attacker to escalate privileges to root and execute commands and read files as a system administrator.


Enable the root account and set a strong root account password.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 104848

File Name: macos_10_13_root_auth_bypass_direct_check.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: macosx

Published: 2017/11/29

Modified: 2018/08/10

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9

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


Base Score: 8.8

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:apple:mac_os_x, cpe:/o:apple:macos

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/MacOSX/Version

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2017/11/28

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-13872

BID: 101981