WWWBoard Password File Disclosure (deprecated)

Critical Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 2593


The remote host is vulnerable to a flaw that allows attackers to retrieve sensitive files or data.


The remote host appears to be running WWWBoard. WWWBoard is a web-based forum written in Perl. There is a flaw in the default configuration of WWWBoard that would allow a remote attacker to retrieve the password file. To exploit the flaw, the attacker would only need to be able to request the /wwwboard/passwd.txt file. The attacker could then crack the password file and log into the machine with enhanced access rights.


Upgarde or patch according to vendor recommendations.

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 2593

Family: CGI

Published: 2005/02/07

Modified: 2016/01/19

Dependencies: 1442

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical


Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

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

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


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0953

BID: 12453