News Server (NNTP) Anonymous Read / Write Access

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 17204


The NNTP server is open.


The remote server seems open to remote users. Some people prefer open public NNTP servers to be able to read or post articles anonymously. Unwanted connections could waste your bandwidth or put you into legal trouble if a malicious person were to use your server to post abusive articles.

Keep in mind that robots are harvesting such open servers on Internet, so you cannot hope that you will stay hidden for long.

** As it is very common to have IP based authentication, this might be
** a false positive if the Nessus scanner is among the allowed source
** addresses.


Enforce authentication or filter connections from outside.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 17204

File Name: open_nntp_server.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: remote

Family: General

Published: 2005/02/23

Modified: 2013/01/25

Dependencies: 11033

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.4

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