Default Password (wh00t!) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 11264


The remote host has an account with a default password.


The account 'root' has the password 'wh00t!'. An attacker may use this to gain further privileges on this system. This account suggests that the Wh00t Rootkit may be present on the system.


Set a strong password for this account.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 11264

File Name: account_root_rootkit2.nasl

Version: Revision: 1.27

Type: remote

Published: 2003/02/20

Updated: 2017/11/20

Dependencies: 10267, 55900, 17975

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