Default Password (root) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 11255


An account on the remote host uses a known password.


The account 'root' on the remote host has the password 'root'. An attacker may leverage this issue to gain total control of the affected system.

Note that, while SKIDATA Freemotion.Gate controllers are known to use these credentials, this plugin reports any time it finds a host using these credentials, regardless of its type.


Change the password for this account or disable it.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 11255

File Name: account_root_root.nasl

Version: 1.26

Type: remote

Published: 2003/02/20

Updated: 2018/08/09

Dependencies: 55900, 10267, 10281

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

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

Vulnerability Information

Excluded KB Items: global_settings/supplied_logins_only

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploitable With

Metasploit (SSH User Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0502