Default Password (alien) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 46240


The remote system can be accessed with a default administrator account.


The account 'root' on the remote host has the password 'alien'.
An attacker may leverage this issue to gain access, likely as an administrator, to the affected system.

Note that DD-WRT, an open source Linux-based firmware popular on small routers and embedded systems, is known to use these credentials by default.


Change the password for this account or disable it.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 46240

File Name: account_root_alien.nasl

Version: Revision: 1.16

Type: remote

Published: 2010/05/06

Updated: 2017/11/21

Dependencies: 55900, 10267, 17975

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:U/RC:ND

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.5

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:F/RL:U/RC:X

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

BID: 39942