Ariel FTP Server Default 'document' Account

critical Nessus Plugin ID 22870


The remote FTP server can be accessed with a known login and password pair.


The remote host is an Ariel FTP server. Ariel is a document transmission system mostly used in the academic world.

Nessus was able to log into the remote FTP server by connecting as the user 'document' (or 'ariel4') and with a hex-encoded password based on the IP address of the host the user is connecting from.

An attacker could log into the server and obtain the files from the print queue or use the remote storage space for anything else.


Filter incoming traffic to this port.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 22870

File Name: ariel_default_account.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: remote

Family: FTP

Published: 10/15/2006

Updated: 3/6/2019

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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


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