Default Password (forgot) for 'super' Account

critical Nessus Plugin ID 17292
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The remote system/switch can be accessed using default credentials with root level privileges.


The account 'super' on the remote host has the password 'forgot'. An attacker may use it to gain further privileges on this system.


Set a password for this account or disable it.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 17292

File Name: account_super_forgot.nasl

Version: 1.35

Type: remote

Published: 3/8/2005

Updated: 11/15/2018

Dependencies: find_service1.nasl, account_check.nasl, ssh_detect.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:TF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:T/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Excluded KB Items: global_settings/supplied_logins_only

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/20/1998

Exploitable With

Metasploit (SSH User Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0502, CVE-1999-1420, CVE-1999-1421

BID: 212