Terminal Services Doesn't Use Network Level Authentication (NLA) Only

medium Nessus Plugin ID 58453


The remote Terminal Services doesn't use Network Level Authentication only.


The remote Terminal Services is not configured to use Network Level Authentication (NLA) only. NLA uses the Credential Security Support Provider (CredSSP) protocol to perform strong server authentication either through TLS/SSL or Kerberos mechanisms, which protect against man-in-the-middle attacks. In addition to improving authentication, NLA also helps protect the remote computer from malicious users and software by completing user authentication before a full RDP connection is established.


Enable Network Level Authentication (NLA) on the remote RDP server. This is generally done on the 'Remote' tab of the 'System' settings on Windows.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 58453

File Name: rdp_credssp_detect.nbin

Version: 1.65

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 3/23/2012

Updated: 4/20/2021

Dependencies: windows_terminal_services.nasl, os_fingerprint.nasl

Asset Inventory: true

Hardware Inventory: true

OS Identification: true

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS Score Source: manual

CVSS Score Rationale: Based on analysis of security feature.

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows, cpe:/a:microsoft:remote_desktop_protocol