Default Password (12345678) for 'root' Account on MacOS X Server

critical Nessus Plugin ID 12513
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A default account was detected on the remote host.


Nessus was able to login to the remote host using the following credentials :

Username : root Password : 12345678

On older Macintosh computers, Mac OS X server is configured with this default account (on newer computers, the serial number of the system is used instead).


Set a strong password for the root account.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 12513

File Name: macosx_server_default_password.nasl

Version: Revision: 1.24

Type: remote

Published: 7/7/2004

Updated: 11/20/2017

Dependencies: os_fingerprint.nasl, account_check.nasl, ssh_detect.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

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


Risk Factor: Critical

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