SSH Static Key Accepted

critical Nessus Plugin ID 73920


The SSH server on the remote host accepts a static SSH private key for authentication.


The SSH server on the remote host accepts a publicly known static SSH private key for authentication. A remote attacker can log in to this host using this publicly known private key.


Remove the vulnerable public keys from the SSH server.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 73920

File Name: ssh_static_keys.nasl

Version: 1.24

Type: remote

Published: 5/8/2014

Updated: 6/12/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2012-1493


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

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:H/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 (F5 BIG-IP SSH Private Key Exposure)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-1493, CVE-2013-3619

BID: 53897, 66267, 66268, 66299