SMB Insecurely Configured Service

high Nessus Plugin ID 44676


At least one insecurely configured Windows service on the remote host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


At least one insecurely configured Windows service was detected on the remote host. Unprivileged users can modify the properties of these affected services, allowing an unprivileged, local attacker to execute arbitrary code or commands as SYSTEM.

Nessus checked if any of the following groups have permissions to modify executable files that are started by Windows services :

- Everyone
- Users
- Domain Users
- Authenticated Users


Ensure the groups listed above do not have ChangeConf, WDac, or WOwn permissions. Refer to the Microsoft documentation for more information.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 44676

File Name: smb_insecure_service_config.nbin

Version: 1.226

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2/22/2010

Updated: 4/23/2024

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information

CVSS Score Rationale: Based on vendor documentation


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

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

CVSS Score Source: manual


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SMB/name, SMB/login, SMB/password, SMB/svcs, SMB/transport

Reference Information

IAVT: 0001-T-0753