Default Password (vmware) for 'root' Account

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 76993


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


The account 'root' on the remote host has the password 'vmware'. An attacker may leverage this to gain administrator access to the affected system.

Note that VMware vCenter Support Assistant Appliance and VMware vCenter Server Appliance are known to use these credentials.


Change the password for this account or disable it.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 76993

File Name: account_root_vmware.nasl

Version: Revision: 1.6

Type: remote

Published: 2014/08/04

Updated: 2017/11/21

Dependencies: 55900, 10267, 10281

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 10

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:H/RL:ND/RC:ND

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.8

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:H/RL:X/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