Citrix Server Detection

Info Nessus Plugin ID 10942


A Citrix server is running on this machine.


Citrix servers allow a Windows user to remotely obtain a graphical login (and therefore act as a local user on the remote host).

NOTE: by default the Citrix Server application utilizes a weak 40 bit obfuscation algorithm (not even a true encryption). If the default settings have not been changed, there are tools that can be used to passively discover userIDs and passwords as they traverse a network.

If this server is located within your DMZ, the risk is substantially higher, as Citrix necessarily requires access into the internal network for applications like SMB browsing, file sharing, email synchronization, etc.

If an attacker gains a valid login and password, this service could be used to gain further access on the remote host or remote network. This protocol has also been shown to be vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.


Make sure that the server is configured to utilize strong encryption.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Info

ID: 10942

File Name: citrix_find.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: remote

Published: 2002/04/20

Modified: 2014/06/06

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Info

Reference Information

BID: 7276

OSVDB: 50616