Default Password (alpine) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 42367


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


The account 'root' on the remote host has the password 'alpine'.

An attacker may leverage this issue to gain full access to the affected system.

Note that iPhones are known to use these credentials by default and allow access via SSH when jailbroken.


Set a strong password for this account or disable it.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 42367

File Name: account_root_alpine.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: remote

Published: 2009/11/04

Updated: 2018/11/15

Dependencies: 55900, 10267, 17975

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

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

CVSS v3.0

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploitable With

Metasploit (SSH User Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0502