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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Blocking Chinese IP addresses

I recently checked one of my servers' auth.log file and noticed some very suspicious activity. I recently shut down my server's ssh daemon, so the logs end on Jan 22, but what I noticed after ...
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Estimated cost to make a brute-force WPA2 attack feasible

It's been shown that a brute-force attack on WPA2-Personal is possible in a reasonable amount of time. These successful attacks appear to be limited, however, to researchers who have the budget to ...
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Are more passwords breached via dictionary/bf attacks or via packet-sniffers/key-loggers?

This question has always intrigued me whenever the subject of passwords is brought up. Does anyone have direct experience or a reputable source to answer what percentage of password breaches are ...
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Are these access.log entries successful wordpress login attempts?

I am hosting some wordpress sites on an apache 2.4 webserver, and I have discovered thousands of entries in my server logs like this: 221.219.219.248 - - [09/Mar/2015:03:29:25 +1300] "GET ...
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Can a Bitlocker To Go user pin be brute forced?

I have a external hard disk and protected a partition on it with Bitlocker To Go. I printed the recovery code but I lost it. I can't remember the user PIN either. If I could only know the first ...
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Is there an equivalent of an Apple cryptochip in Android devices?

Apple has a cryptochip which, beside managing the encryption keys, tunnels authentication and provides throttling of failed attempts, as well as the ability to trigger a device wipe after several ...
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Connection on port 3387 Event viewer says “authorized”

This event shows up multiple times within a minute like it was being brute-forced, but it says "authorized". My question is: Is there anyway I can see any commands that came in from this connection? I ...
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Random padding in hash functions

In this answer, it was recommended that you add random padding when hashing messages for a trusted timestamp, such as for predictions, in order to avoid dictionary and brute force attacks (at least ...
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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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Safety of Password Hashing Using bcrypt Done on Client Side

I am currently using a technique where I send the username/password in cleartext (using https) to the server, which then does bcrypt and compares to the db. Standard practice. It is considered safe. ...
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Insecure to require numbers in passwords?

Earlier, I went to a site that required a number and special character, and it got me thinking – wouldn't that make the password easier to brute force? If you assume most passwords have around 12 ...
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What alternatives do email services provide when an account is hacked?

I am concerned about how does email services like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc provide security to their costumers and prevent their account from being compromised. For example, I have seen that if ...
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Why don't sites implement a system where a wrong password causes a 3 second delay?

I am into bitcoin right now, and the password threats scare me a little... Not so much for me, because I use LastPass and generate new passwords at 20 characters and it includes symbols, upper and ...
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How can i calculate the number of possible passwords?

I have found a flaw in a site where the password reset feature resets passwords in the following format UpperCaseLetter-Number-LowerCaseLetter-Number-LowerCaseLetter-Number-UpperCaseLetter ...
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Can this be a DoS Attack?

When I'm checking my log, I found like 15k events of " PAM service(sshd) ignoring max retries; 6 > 3 " I know this might be normal, and considered as Brute-Force attack, but can it be classified as ...
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Securing AES 128 encrypted ZIPs against brute force attacks

How long would it take to brute force decrypt an AES 128 encrypted zip file if the password is 8 characters long in the range of A-Z, a-z, 1-9? Does it make any difference if .NET's System.Random ...
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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 ? ...
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Is there any reason in particular encryption keys aren't arbitrarily large?

It's my understanding that the more bits an encryption key has, the longer it takes to break the encryption. What is the down side of having a larger encryption key or why don't we see keys of size ...
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Can key files be brute-forced like passwords?

Let's say you use a program like Truecrypt or Keepass which allows you to have a password + key file. I understand that passwords can be brute-forced/dictionary-attacked but is the same true for key ...
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Known Password Lengths and security considerations

Many people wil often brag about the length of their password, like "yeah nobody is ever going to crack my password cause its 22 characters long." I was thinking, if you knew the exact length of their ...
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is it easier to get the original password if you have multiple hashes of it?

Most users tipically use the same password for multiple applications. Let's say all of these applications hash the password in some way. Would it be easier for an attacker to get the original password ...
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Can using emojis make someone's password safer?

I was just thinking about this the other day, after reading about making safe passwords, you have a few options: The first would be, adding numbers, or something other than just a word ...
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How can you I detect low frequency brute forcing over multiple connections?

While I realize that servers can easily detect brute forcing strategies via a single I.P, it seems that servers would be vulnerable to a distributed attack from a botnet, with each computer attempting ...
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How do you bruteforce decrypt data if you don't know what you are looking for?

If I wanted to brute-force decrypt data, I would try decrypting it with a key and see if the decryption returned nonsense. If the decryption returned meaningful data (ex. something that a natural ...
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Is using Gmail's browser-based client, more secure than using IMAP?

I never use the same password twice and my passwords are always comprised of a long, random string of letters, numbers and symbols. (with an offline password manager to store each password string) ...
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How long to brute-force WPA password?

Bob has a password (for his WPA encrypted wifi) which is 8 characters, all lowercase, and not a dictionary word. Eve lives next door to Bob and wants to illegally hack his WPA. The number of ...
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It's really that insecure to have POP3 enabled in my gmail account?

Several people are claiming that you should turn off pop3 in gmail because it allowed bruteforce attacks on the password. Doesn't Google prevent this kind of attacks? What is the truth on this ...
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How secure is Scrypt, really?

I've been recently taking a hard look at the scrypt system for storing users' passwords. However, I'm rather worried about it's security because of things like Litecoin miners. Is scrypt secure ...
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How much faster does a GPU or FPGA crack an RSA key compared to a CPU?

Are there any significant speed up in time on cracking an RSA key (either brute-force or factoring with general number field sieve) using a GPA or FPGA compared to a CPU? If there is a speed ...
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Analyzing log files for forensics homework?

Suppose two users have done a murder at 6pm at Dunkin Donuts, I have got the hard disks on site, disk1 and disk2. How do I identify the time and order of each user's activities on the hard disks? ...
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Securing a simple webservice against brute-force with mod-security

I want to provide basic defense against brute-force attacks against a simple HTTPS web service. The web service provides a login method (let's say at http://example.org/login) which gets passed a ...
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Reasonable (BruteForce) Attempts/Second Estimate?

I've read various articles on password strength and passwords vs pass phrases (including the one from XKCD and its thread here), but most of those articles seem to be focused on online passwords, and ...
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WPA2 audit tool

For the purposes of my own research, I have a very modest budget to set up a modest WPA2 brute-forcer supported by GPU(s). I've done some homework: Brute-Force GPU Password Crackers How to setup ...
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Brute-force an SSH-login that has only a 4-letter password

Suppose, you know that a certain computer is only protected by such a short password, then you could just try every possible combination easily. How would a script look like, that tries to crack that ...
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Perfectly Robust Hashing Scheme, or Completely Over-Engineered?

This is going to get long, so prepare. Basis of the question is, Do all these steps improve security, or am I completely overthinking the problem? Are my assumptions/thought process valid? We all ...
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What are the differences between dictionary attack and brute force attack?

Can someone explain the major differences between a Brute force attack and a Dictionary attack. Does the term rainbow table has any relation with these?
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what is the fastest and cheapest way to crack this kind of hash - md5(md5($password) + salt))?

I'm looking for a program that can use any GPU (ATI\NVIDIA) and can brute force a vBulletin hash - md5(md5($password) + salt)). I have the salt and hash. the password contains the symbols - ...
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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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What utilities exist to brute force a username and password?

I'm trying to persuade management to purchase two factor authentication for securing VPN and terminal server access. I've made significant progress by demoing TSGrinder, but would like to list other ...
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Can a Windows or Linux password be brute-forced on a public network?

I am at a hotel that has a public network. I have a Windows machine with a wired connection to it. "Network and Sharing" has network discovery on. No folders are shared except "Users", which is shared ...
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Is passwords with combination of different encodings super safe?

I was thinking about generating passwords with combination of English, Arabic, Chinese charac. Is this pass secure enough against brute force attacks?
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Calculate time taken to break AES key

A 256 bit AES key is required to be broken using the brute force method on a 2GHz computer. How long would it take to break the key in the best case and in the worst case situations? Assume that 1000 ...
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Session Hijacking through sessionId brute-forcing possible?

cookies usually contain a sessionId to keep track of a logged user. What would prevent a malicious user to forge millions of requests with random sessionIds and send them to a server, hoping to ...
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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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How can I determine whether a website somehow protects against brute force attacks on my password? (assume I can't create an anonymous account)

After the hack of Mat Honan I studied my own laundry list of accounts I have at the numerous web sites I use. There is one fact that stands out: Many of the websites severely restrict the size 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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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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Automated URL Discovering

I built a simple server containing static files at /files/ and I'm attempting to discover them using automated tools. I'm using wfuzz to brute force on the URL but is that the only way? Is there any ...
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Why are MD5 collisions dangerous?

I understand that the MD5 algorithm isn't collision resistant, and that collisions between data of arbitrary size can be found with more efficient methods than brute-forcing. However, I have read ...
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How long it will take to crack a RAR password?

I wonder how long it will take to crack 16 character alphanumeric WinRAR password for a mini supercomputer. As far as I know graphic cards are preferred over CPUs to crack passwords nowadays. If we ...