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: 1.29

Type: remote

Published: 2007/03/01

Updated: 2018/07/25

Dependencies: 55900, 10267, 17975

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

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

CVSS v3.0

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 Available: false

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/10/13

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