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An Overview of the Usage of Default Passwords

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Reference

Knieriem, B., Zhang, X., Levine, P., Breitinger, F., & Baggili, I. (2018). An Overview of the Usage of Default Passwords. Paper presented at the Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime.

Publication type

Paper in Conference Proceedings

Abstract

The recent Mirai botnet attack demonstrated the danger of using default passwords and showed it is still a major problem. In this study we investigated several common applications and their password policies. Specifically, we analyzed if these applications: (1) have default passwords or (2) allow the user to set a weak password (i.e., they do not properly enforce a password policy). Our study shows that default passwords are still a significant problem: 61% of applications inspected initially used a default or blank password. When changing the password, 58% allowed a blank password, 35% allowed a weak password of 1 character.

Persons

Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair for Data and Application Security

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73697-6_15