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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THC Hydra 16 Valid Passwords? [duplicate]

So when i do hydra -l Admin -P "rockyou.txt" -s 80 192.168.13.1 http-get / it doesnt work for me, it says all 16 passwords are valid, but none of them works, can anyone help me with this? I tried ...
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Is there a brute-force attack similar to what they demonstrate in movies [duplicate]

Since I was a teenager (that's 20 years ago) and till now-days you see movies with professionals stealing a super-computer and use it to crack a password or a home security system using brute-force (I ...
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Is there a benefit to encrypting a file multiple times? [duplicate]

If I had to store a text file with some confidential information on the cloud, would encrypting the file multiple times (say, 3) with different passwords using WinRAR (AES with a 256 bit key) provide ...
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Where can I find good word list for MySQL 5? [closed]

I wonder where can I find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for MySQL 5 dictionary attack? I just need MySQL 5 word lists / dictionaries. I found a lot of MD5, SHA1, etc. but not ...
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Time it takes to crack a password on site like yahoo [closed]

I have a question. If you were using a password brute force/dictionary attack utility on a site like yahoo or another site, how long would it take to crack a password like Jah13Wootiang if Wootiang is ...
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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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Are passwords made up from concatenating a few foreign words better than shorter random characters? [duplicate]

Does it make sense to insert a foreign word into a paraphrase to mitigate against brute force? For example: "pussiMeansCatInEskimo" "caballoMeansHorse" "CatIsGatto" "SalopeMeansBitch" ...
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Brute force alphanumeric password using JohnTheRipper

I recently recovered a zip archive with some files I need access to, but I can't remember the password. All I can remember is that the password was short (around 3-4 characters), and contained only ...
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do ISPs implement security measures?

For example, if a user is receiving a denial of service attack, with huge amounts of packets being sent to him to disrupt his service, will the ISP notice and stop the offending traffic? Another ...
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Confidentiality of file hashes

Context: I have a directory full of sensitive company files. I want to compare these files with a colleague at a remote location, without the need for a secure connection. Is it safe for me to ...
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User Account Guessing [duplicate]

I'm doing some research on user account guessing, and wanted to ask a question about some "bad practices". My thought is generally this is a trade-off between great user functionality/UX and ...
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Cracking a 6-character alphanumeric password Windows dialog box

To put this problem in context, I have a touch monitor screen whose firmware program is protected by a password. The firmware program is downloaded over RS232 via a Windows utility program provided ...
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Does it take longer to brute force a password starting with z than one starting with a?

I was wondering about the following: If someone tries to get my password with Brute Force, will a password starting with "a" guessed faster than one starting with "z" ? In this case assume the ...
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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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Showing CAPTCHA

I'd like to show a CAPTCHA to prevent brute forcing attempts, but I was thinking of showing it whenever a user fails for an invalid username/password combination after X attempts, regardless of ...
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General purpose slow/unique hash routine for dup checking of private data, without storing the data itself?

I am wondering if there is a percentage of uniqueness known to be lost with every repeat of various hash routines, like MD5, SHA1, and how that might compare with other algorithms. If theoretically I ...
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Distributed IMAP-Dictionary-Attack-Tool?

I have a client with a hacked IMAP-Account, and the attacker(s) made thousands of password-attempts, probably with a fixed set of passwords, from different IPs before they got in. After successful ...
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In what situations can a hacker try to break passwords millions of times? [duplicate]

I keep reading about situations where a hacker could "easily" brute force a password (most recent example) but I'm confused about when some has an opportunity to do this kind of thing. If it is a ...
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Cracking MD5 passwords with the same salt

How long would it take to crack passwords up to 10 letters long if you knew the hashes were MD5 with a salt (that you know)?
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How long would it take to bruteforce an AES-128 protected pdf knowing the key is 20 letter long and that the charset is A-Z,0-9?

The question says everything, knowing that a pdf is protected using standard Adobe password encryption that comes with Acrobat Pro (which as far as i know is AES 128) how much would it take to ...
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Are repeating random patterns weaker than non repeating random patterns?

Which would be harder to crack: a password comprising of n characters randomly selected or a password comprising of x randomly selected characters repeated m times so that m*x=n. For example: ...
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Cracking a web form based logon with hydra [closed]

How do I have to use hydra on a web form? What I have done so far: I already successfully used hydra on a folder with an HTTP authentication: http://localhost/test/authtest/ with user admin and ...
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Is login limiting still needed if we employ multi-factor authentication?

The status quo is that most online websites limit login attempts per IP address, or even per account since some attackers possess huge amounts of IP addresses. OWASP declares: When multi-factor ...
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Hydra gives wrong passwords

I've been trying to use hydra (educational way) but with no success. The site method is http-post but performed by ajax (should it be a problem? I think not). After execute the command I got an output ...
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What's an attack's 'computational complexity'?

I'm writing a business-language report about MD5. In my search a found a paper by Yu Sasaki and Kazumaro Aoki explaining their 2123.4 pre-image attack on MD5. I know that it has something to do with ...
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Ethical brute force demo on a web login when knowing the password complexity requirements

We are currently having accounts compromised at a substantially high rate. Some in the organization believe that our password complexity requirements is enough to thwart brute force attacks. I wanted ...
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Touch tone phone username and password

I just got off the phone with Fidelity, who manage the health benefits for the company where I work. Before talking to a person, I was prompted to enter my username and password on the numeric keypad: ...
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Why are GPUs so good at cracking passwords?

What is it about GPUs that lets them crack passwords so quickly? It seems like the driving force behind adopting good key-derivation functions for passwords (bcrpyt, PBKDF2, scrypt) instead of ...
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Can you crack a Mailinator “Alternate Inbox Name?”

From their FAQ: What are "Alternate Inbox Names" ? There are 2 ways to get email into any given inbox. When you check an inbox, listed at the top is the Alternate Inbox name. Emailing that alternate ...
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Find hash-function if original and hash are given? [duplicate]

I was thinking whether or not you can find the hash function(s) used if you have the original message and the hash. So assume that no salt is used during the hashing process, just multiple hashing and ...
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How do we estimate the time taken to crack a hash using brute force techniques

A German hacker famously managed to brute force crack a 160 bit SHA1 hash with passwords between 1 to 6 digits in 49 minutes. Now keeping everything constant (hardware, cracking technique - here ...
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Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the hash-algorithm used?

Can I brute-force a password hash even if I don't know the underlying algorithm? For example if I get hold of a database with password hashes and the used hash algorithm is unknown, like a random ...
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How should I secure a contact form that appears on every page of a website?

My client has a small "Contact Us" form on every page of their website. They are adamant about not including CAPTCHA verification on these forms, to keep them easy to use, but I feel it is my ...
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How to estimate the time needed to crack RSA encryption?

How to estimate the time needed to crack RSA encryption? I mean the time needed to crack Rsa encryption with key length of 1024, 2048, 3072, 4096, 5120, 6144, 5120, 7168, 8192, 9216, 10240, 11264, ...
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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 to make an efficient bruteforce attack on Windows? [closed]

I've been trying to figure out a way to efficiently bruteforce on Windows, but the method I currently have isn't very efficient. I did some profiling and found out that on average it can go through ...
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Brute-Force/Dictionary attack against encypted file using PBKDF2 key derivation

I have been following this very useful post by Thomas. My use case is slightly different. I am developing a mobile application which requires some sensitive data to be stored on the device in a SQLite ...
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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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Is there an equation to calculate the number of instances of a series of characters exist in a given key space?

If I'm using 16-18 character-length passwords with 94 different possible values-per-character (lower alphas, upper alphas, numbers, and special characters), is there an equation I can use to calculate ...
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How many possible symbols and punctuations in a password? [closed]

I want to compute the possible combinations of a password consists of 8 digits of: alphabetical letters (26), numbers (0-9), symbols and punctuations. In order to compute this, I have to know the ...
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Remove Password Protection from XLS Document

Similar to what is listed here, http://datapigtechnologies.com/blog/index.php/hack-into-a-protected-excel-2007-or-2010-workbook/, is there a way to remove the password from an XLS (Excel 2003) ...
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Better than brute-force way to find the “lowest” sha1 hash?

While pointing out a SQL injection flaw on another question, I was able to show that an arbitrary sha1 hash could be inserted into a query such that it would be taken for a real hash, and was ...
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Username Enumeration as a Threat

I have found a Username Enumeration Vulnerability through which I am able to determine whether a particular user is registered with that site. While trying to brute force, after 5 attempts it asks for ...
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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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Given a hash, salt, charset and password length, how do you get the password without brute-forcing it?

I got that question on an exercise and I'm not sure what to answer. Without conventional brute-forcing and without a rainbow table, how could I find out the password? An improved brute-force ...
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How do you overcome the problem of the salt being public and known by the attacker? [duplicate]

I believe that when adding a salt to the password you need to store the values so you can compute the hash again. But, what does happen if the attacker get the salt? How is it possible to add value ...
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Does restarting an encrypted session increase security and deter attacks?

When a user initiates a SSH connection for example, keys are exchanged and a session is established with a new "passphrase" each time. If an attacker were to attempt to brute force this connection, ...
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Forgot password to 7-Zip archive

I think I already know the answer to this question, but I thought I'd ask the experts anyway. A few months back, I created a password-protected 7-Zip archive which housed the source code of a simple ...
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Is encryption less resistant to brute-forcing compared to hashing?

I understand that a hashing algorithm like bcrypt uses several rounds of hashing to make it computationally expensive for a brute-force attack. How does encryption work against a brute-force attack? I ...
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Could using a generated key from an online service be considered a risk?

With some colleagues we're having a debate regarding the randomkeygen.com website. I do think that there is a security risk using the generated keys of this (or any of this kind) website. Why ? ...