Default Password (dottie) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 31800


An administrative account on the remote host uses known default password.


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


Set a strong password for this account or disable it.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 31800

File Name: account_root_dottie.nasl

Version: 1.22

Type: remote

Published: 2008/04/11

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

BID: 20490