Default Password (nsroot) for 'nsroot' Account

High Nessus Plugin ID 66393


The remote system can be accessed with a default account.


The account 'nsroot' on the remote host has the password 'nsroot'.

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

Note that Citrix NetScaler appliances are known to use these credentials to provide complete, administrative access to the Citrix NetScaler appliance.


If the host is a Citrix NetScaler, reset the nsroot password.

Otherwise, set a strong password for this account or use ACLs to restrict access to the host.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 66393

File Name: account_nsroot_nsroot.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: remote

Published: 2013/05/13

Updated: 2019/11/27

Dependencies: 10267, 10281, 55900

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS Score Source: CVE-1999-0502

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.8

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:P/RL:O/RC:C

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