[Full-Disclosure] Nessus stores credentials in plain text
From: ~Kevin Davisł (computerguy_at_cfl.rr.com)
To: <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 00:01:42 -0500
I have posted this issue to a couple entities like bugtraq and CERT with no response. I mentioned this issue to an organization today which was considering using Nessus as a vulnerability scanner to assess their network security issues and this was in violation with their security policy so they are reconsidering using it. Please read below...
Software Vendor: Nessus (www.nessus.org)
Software Package: Nessus
Versions Affected: 2.0.10a (possibly others)
Synopsis: Username and password for various accounts stored in unencrypted plain text
Issue Date: Feb 22, 2004
Vendor Response: Vendor notified December 4, 2003
Vendor declined to resolve issue
The open source Nessus Vulnerability scanner stores the credentials of
various types of accounts in unencrypted plain text in a configuration file.
2. Problem Description
The .nessusrc files stores username and password information for various types
of accounts in unencrypted plain text. Those parameters are typically set from
the native nessus client but also can be added manually. When setting these parmeters
from the Nessus client, the user is also not informed of this sensitive information
being stored insecurely. This potentially affects the following types of accounts:
SMB (Windows NT Domain)
None at this time. A lengthy discussion with the vendor resulted in the vendor's
decision that this was not a security risk that warrants resolution on.
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