An attack using every possible input to attempt to produce the correct output. Typically the method of last resort when no weakness allows the use of a more restricted input set. E.g. trying all possible (or likely) passwords, in an attempt to guess the correct one.

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Wordpress Brute Force Attacker knows real admin Username -

I've noticed a brute force attempt on several different Wordpress installs that know the right admin user name for those respective sites... It seems very strange that the hacker would be able to ...
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Bruteforce on 10 characters length WPA2 password

I'm trying to hack my own WPA2 network for learning purposes. I have the *.cap file generated by aircrack-ng tools after a WPA handshake. I've tested by including my own password and a bunch of ...
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Harden a server against mass SSH DoS attacks

How can a Linux server be protected against an attacker that tries to open a large number of SSH sessions (probably trying to brute force a password) that no ports remain to be able to legitimately ...
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How can hackers guess passwords (using dictionary attack or brute force) without being locked out?

Nowadays almost every website you want to register in; is asking you to create a complicated password...But why cant we use simple passwords? I am just wondering because in case of multiple wrong ...
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Why is it harder to brute force an iphone than a zip-file?

Having only 1,000,000 possible combinations, an encrypted zip-file with a 6-digit numeric password, could be brute force cracked within a second. But for an iphone (let's say iOS9 if it matters), it ...
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It is possible that brute force attempts are successful before the worst case, correct?

When I read about a password being secure and stating that it would take X amount of week, years, etc. isn't that referring to the worst case? What happens if the brute force method is successul in ...
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Are there any security measures that are resistant to a brute force attack?

I'm not talking in particular about encryption, but security as a whole. Are there any security measures that can be put in place to protect data and/or a system that can withstand even a hypothetical ...
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Why do we have such big keys?

In Chapter 7 of Applied Cryptography, Bruce Schneier claims that, due to thermodynamic limitations, "brute-force attacks against 256-bit [symmetric] keys will be infeasible until computers are built ...
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Is it possible to brute force all 8 character passwords in an offline attack?

This article states: Brute-force techniques trying every possible combination of letters, numbers, and special characters had also succeeded at cracking all passwords of eight or fewer characters. ...
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Dictionary Attack on Wifi

I know a few people with pretty weak passwords. What kind of systems exist to prevent dictionary attacks? Would it make sense to restrict the number of connection attempts in a certain timeframe? ...
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Can ssh keyfile security be broken in a few hours if the file is exposed?

At this link there is a claim that if an RSA key has a strong passphrase security might be broken in a few hours if an attacker has the private key. Is there something weak about the security of RSA ...
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Realistically, how much added security does having a passphrase on a ssh key have?

Let's assume ssh key brute force is unrealistic. It seems to me your greatest vulnerability would be someone gaining access to a client filesystem. If that's the case then key loggers and a host of ...
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Can I spoof IP addresses when attempting to brute force a login?

I am testing my website with hydra brute-force software. But accessing my apache conf remote server file, it seems that an attacker can't log-in more a limited number of times per seconds. Does hydra ...
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Brute force login attempt from spoofed IP's

I see that many of my WordPress installs are being hit with 1000+ failed login attempts using non-existing 'admin' account name. The requests come from different IP's every time, and I see IP's such ...
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Is lack of wildcard DNS entry a security vulnerability?

A friend of a friend received an email from a security researcher that looks legit. Researcher submitted several vulnerabilities, one of the them reads like this Vulnerability # ... Title : ...
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Is my router vulnerable if WPS is enabled but WPS pin code is disabled?

I was reading about Reaver and wi-fi protected setups (WPS). In my Netgear router I have the option to disable the WPS pin code, but still have the WPS push button enabled. Am I secured with such ...
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Password entropy in layman's terms

Entropy is a term used often in relation to password security and brute-force attacks, but it is a topic that can get complicated quickly. What is the best way to describe password entropy (what it is ...
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How much added security do I really get with a longer key size?

Imagine I have a cipher which supports keys of 128, 192 or 256 bits. Suppose that there are no vulnerabilities in the cipher regardless of key length. I'm going to use it to encrypt something, and ...
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Are there lists of most common words or ngrams used in passwords and passphrases?

I've been thinking about ways to focus brute forcing dictionary attacks on passwords and passphrases based on the assumption that certain words, combinations of letters, and combinations of words are ...
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How unlikely is it that a Google Doc link is guessed?

Most (if not all) of us know that a Google Doc link looks something like this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13P3p5bA3lslqEJT1BGeTL1L5ZrQq_fSov_56jT9vf0I/edit There are becoming several tools ...
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Attack vectors for brute-forcing website passwords

When talking about password security, a lot of discussion centers on the risk of a password being guessed in a brute-force attack. For websites where a user has registered an account, what are the ...
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Is it possible to crack a PIN / PUK code on a phone SIM card?

When deploying a mobile phone best practices policy, one of the points which were raised was the requirement for the user to protect his SIM card with a PIN. The theory is that three failed attempts ...
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NTLMv2 resistance to bruteforcing

I have a question regarding NTLMv2 resistance to password bruteforcing. I know that some modern graphic processors (like Radeon 6990) are able to calculate billions hashes per second and crack NTLM ...
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Is Twitter digits login (sms auth code) insecure?

Twitter released(some time ago) a new kit named Digits which allows the client to login with a phone number and an authorization code (received through sms). I find it great for the user experience ...
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What is the fail2ban default setting for SSH login attempts?

I tried to block myself from my own server to test if fail2ban works correctly, so I tried ssh login and used a wrong password over and over. But I was blocked only after 13 failed logins instead of ...
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Detect when I do brute force attack and block the connection

My server (Ubuntu + LAMP) is infected, as I receive security alerts from the sites attacked from my IP. your Server/Customer with the IP: ********** has attacked one of our servers/partners. The ...
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Why do so many cracking attempts originate from China?

I recently put a Linux server online and it didn't take long until I had the first attempts to brute-force the SSH login. It's not that I am worried about that - I trust the security of my server. But ...
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Do I REALLY need to change my LastPass password?

Last weekend LastPass' network was compromised and that a list of email addresses along with the hashes of the master passwords were stolen. It is being recommended that LastPass users change their ...
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How do I secure my advertisement space against ad overlay browser attachments?

I don't really have an issue with advertisements simply being blocked by individual users who are visiting a customers site or my own site. As an individual you have the freedom to choose not to look ...
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What password cracking software is commonly used?

I am curious to know how secure my passwords are. What password cracking software is commonly used? Preferably open source. EDIT: I am actually looking to crack my passwords used on services I ...
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Increased security with keepass

I am using keepass for securing passwords. I have a reasonable password, but if someone got hold of the file I am sure eventually they could brute force it. I was thinking of using a key file as ...
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software to keep a list of IP that try to access ssh over a set of rules and feasibility

i'm interested in software or set of scripts to keep a lists of filtered IP that attempt to brute-force ssh, and to label an IP as brute-forcing i would add some checks like: one attempt to log as ...
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Brute force vs other methods of recovering passwords from shadow file

Do you know any good approach for de-hashing/actually bruteforcing hashed passwords in the shadow file? On various operating systems, any good solutions/methods/programs. Or is it better to upload ...
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Finding all links under a website

How can i find all directories and links under a website? Note that there is no link from home page to all other pages. For example if i have a domain like this users.company.com and each user will ...
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Avoiding Brute Force Attacks in a Web Based Login Form

My login form uses Ajax so it doesn't need to reload if the password is wrong. A PHP script process the request and creates the session if the credentials are right. My idea is to have the PHP script ...
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What are the odds of brute-forcing an archive with 256-bit encryption?

I have a file (a stand-alone archive). I lost the password to it, but it has been encrypted using 256-bit encryption. The password is some 20-odd characters long (including non-alphanumeric ...
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Can DES-based hashed password be recovered if salt is known?

Can a hashed password be recovered if the hashing is done with DES based crypt function in PHP and both the hash and salt are known by the attacker? Consider the following example: $salt = 'mysalt'; ...
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Can't brute force password cracking somehow be throttled?

Online articles mention the importance of a strong password and suggest that hacking tools allows bad guys to attempt millions of passwords per second. I am wondering why OSes and websites and such ...
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How can I generate custom brute-force dictionaries?

I have found during testing that companies often use variations of their names for critical passwords (for example Microsoft's password might be M1cr0s0f+ or m1cros0ft etc etc). So if I gave it the ...
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Faster methods for decrypting a TrueCrypt disk, esp. knowing the algorithms used

I encrypted (with TrueCrypt) all my hard drives and had the passwords stored in an encrypted file on my USB disk. The passwords are all (except one) 50 character randomly-generated ciphers, there's no ...
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Web & insecure HTTP - Using RSA for encrypting passwords on the client side

I used client side password hashing in my register and login project. Its purpose is to prevent passive adversaries/eavesdroppers from discovering users' plaintext passwords when HTTP requests are in ...
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Throttling failed login attempts: exponential timeout? by IP? using a session cookie? captcha?

I'm beginning to think this is not as simple as it looks, and many "accepted" answers here and in SO have alternative answers that criticize them. Here is what I have gathered so far Most of what I ...
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Do SSD's offer significant performance boost for Scrypt?

Being a memory intensive hash, I was wondering if SSD's offer any appreciable performance boost for brute force attacks.
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Brute-force heuristics used in password cracking

Existing questions on this site discuss some of the heuristics used by password cracking tools to avoid doing a completely naive brute-force search (for example, "dictionary word with number ...
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How can Facebook possibly stop a bruteforce attack on an account?

I've been doing some research on hacking recently and I found some very interesting tutorials on brute force cracking. I have some questions to ask and I'll be using Facebook as an example. Let's say ...
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Is brute-forcing the only way to crack WPA?

I don't know much about how WPA algorithms work internally. Is brute-forcing an AP the only way to crack WPA? (or to get associated with AP) Another question is about Reaver-WPS, what if an access ...
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Could a password hash that's prone to more collisions provide better overall security?

Website security breaches seem to be a common occurrence, giving the attacker password hashes that he can conduct a brute force attack against, often given him a list of passwords that will work on ...
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Hashing a key: less entropy than the key itself

A web API needs to store a 'key' for authentication, in much the same fashion as a password but at 128 characters. My concern is that the salted SHA1 hash for the key has less entropy than the key ...
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mysql security logging

Is there any logging available that logs mysql connection attempts to the port, login attempts, and times succeeded with username, IP address and date time? Im trying to detect brute force attempts. ...
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How can I restrict users' connection attempts to my FTP server?

Is there any way possible to restrict user to make a connection to the FTP server on my Windows XP computer? I have an FTP server established in Windows XP and now I want to make access to that FTP ...