Default Password (password) for 'root' Account

critical Nessus Plugin ID 24745


An administrative account on the remote host uses a weak password.


The account 'root' has the password 'password'. An attacker may use it to gain further privileges on this system.

Note that Korenix Jetport installs are known to use these credentials although other hosts are likely to as well as 'password' is reportedly a common password.


Set a strong password for this account or disable it.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 24745

File Name: account_root_password.nasl

Version: 1.30

Type: remote

Published: 3/1/2007

Updated: 4/11/2022

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

Temporal Vector: 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: 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: 10/13/2006

Exploitable With

Metasploit (SSH User Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0502, CVE-2006-5288, CVE-2012-4577

BID: 20490, 55196

ICSA: 12-263-02, 12-297-02