SNMP Agent Default Community Name (public)

high Nessus Plugin ID 41028


The community name of the remote SNMP server can be guessed.


It is possible to obtain the default community name of the remote SNMP server.

An attacker may use this information to gain more knowledge about the remote host, or to change the configuration of the remote system (if the default community allows such modifications).


Disable the SNMP service on the remote host if you do not use it.
Either filter incoming UDP packets going to this port, or change the default community string.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 41028

File Name: snmp_default_public_community.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: remote

Family: SNMP

Published: 11/25/2002

Updated: 6/1/2022

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Vulnerability Information

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/17/1998

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0517

BID: 2112