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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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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how long does it take to brute force varying encryption standards?

Let's say I want to encrypt information in a database. What would be the best encryption algorithm to use and why. I was thinking AES, since it's widely used as a government standard, but if the ...
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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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ASLR in Ubuntu 11.10

In many of the exploits I see nowadays, brute forcing is a common method of bypassing ASLR on 32 bit machines. However, many of these exploits crash the current process, for example, PHP. Isn't the ...
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Mass account lockout prevention using CSRF tokens

I'm currently working on reducing the risk of mass account lockout on a site that (unfortunately) issues sequential, numeric user IDs. Changing the structure of the userID is not an option at this ...
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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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How should I defend against TightVNC brute-force attacks?

How should I defend against this type of attack? This is a tightvnc logfile excerpt from a linode cloud server running Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) with the ubuntu-desktop package added to the bare server. ...
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Brute-force a passphrase, generated by `pwgen 16 -s`, of a GPG CAST5 archive

A sad story: One of our hard drives failed. While it was failing, we managed to take a quick backup. As it is our standard practice, we encrypted the backup using GPG (by however method Duplicity uses ...
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How to use http-get-form in THC-Hydra?

I've been messing with Hydra (Brute Force) to solve the "Damn Vulnerable Web App" brute force section but the problem is when I use http-get-form it said: Warning: child 1 seems to have died, ...
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Are common passwords at particular risk?

The question Should we disallow common passwords like “password” and “12345”? on User Experience immediately made me think that these common passwords were extremely dangerous not because they are ...
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Academic papers on GPU password cracking?

Are there any scientific papers or publications on GPU password cracking?
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Stripping / appending characters from user password before hashing to conceal it forever?

I had this idea to permanently conceal user password by requiring minimum length then stripping certain characters. For example if the user password is secret123, the system will strip it down to ...
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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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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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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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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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What's the practical limit for rainbow-table based bruteforce?

Say we have a hash of a password. The password can be considered to be made of of totally random characters and has a fixed length of N. The hash is SHA1(password+salt), where the salt is of length M. ...
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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 ...
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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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With which algorithm I can prevent a brute force on a login?

I want make my software more secure. I want prevent it from brute force attack. I know that a strong password is the best but I can not control it. The algorithm must scale from a very small system ...
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Non English password dictionaries

What is a good resource for wordlists used in auditing passwords in non english languages. I have extensive wordlists in English ranging to several GB's, but can't find similar resources for other ...
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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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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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Is .htaccess protection secure enough?

For the moment we protect a directory on our site with .htaccess and .htpasswd. But I was wondering how secure this is? Are there things I should watch for or can do make it more secure? I don't know ...
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Timing attacks on password hashes

Timing attacks can have a devastating impact in scenarios where the secret is involved, often in cases where byte-wise array comparison is used. Now there are those that advertise using constant ...
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Number of AES-256 operations per second on a maximized Cray XE6

How many FLOPs does one AES-256 operation take in ECB mode? How many AES-256 operations in ECB mode can a maximized Cray XE6 perform per second? Cray states that it can be scaled to over 1 million ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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How much security is compromised if we accept other characters as login (other than the original password)?

I've just realised that facebook accepts 3 forms of a password: Source: Facebook actually accepts three forms of your password: Your original password. Your original password with the ...
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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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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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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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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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Best password strength checker

In XKCD #936: Short complex password, or long dictionary passphrase? Jeff claimed that password cracking with "dictionary words separated by spaces", or "a complete sentence with punctuation", or ...
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Are there state-of-the-art techniques or theory specifically for attacking passphrases over passwords?

With passphrases becoming more and more common based on length being more important than complexity, I'm assuming there must be some work going on involving techniques aimed specifically at cracking / ...
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Are there some good papers (or discussions) on using Markov chains or Hidden Markov Models for password auditing/cracking?

As a programmer and language enthusiast I've been very interested in Markov chains for some time. Considering the influence of natural language on password and passphrase selection (by humans of ...
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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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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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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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Bruteforce attack on my FTP server

I recently setup VSFTPD on my personal server for sharing files over FTP. In the vsftpd.log file, i see hundreds of failed attempts to login with usernames like "adminitrator" , "adminitrator1", ...
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Is there something similar to DNSBL's for protecting against forceful browsing?

I want to protect a couple of Apache webservers against forceful browsing. Lately there have been multiple scans querying for non-existent applications on them like phpMyAdmin, notably known for their ...
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Why limit passwords to ascii printable characters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do non-keyboard characters make my password less susceptible to brute forcing? Every article on password security that I read tells people to make the password more ...
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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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Will using unicode chars in my password increase security? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do non-keyboard characters make my password less susceptible to brute forcing? Bruteforce tries cracking the hash with every possible combination of letters. Then, If ...
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Are salted SHA-256/512 hashes still safe if the hashes and their salts are exposed?

Scenario: a database of hashed and and salted passwords, including salts for each password, is stolen by a malicious user. Passwords are 6-10 chars long and chosen by non-technical users. Can this ...