Default Password (alien) for 'root' Account

critical Nessus Plugin ID 46240
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Synopsis

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

Description

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.

Solution

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: 5/6/2010

Updated: 11/21/2017

Dependencies: find_service1.nasl, ssh_detect.nasl, account_check.nasl

Risk Information

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 9.5

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

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

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.6

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

Temporal Vector: 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