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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Where can I find good dictionaries for dictionary attacks?

I’m wondering where I can find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for dictionary attacks? I've found some through Google, but I’m interested in hearing about where you get your ...
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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 ...
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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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What are the security implications of storing password blacklist?

I want to add a password blacklist that would prevent the 1000 most common passwords from being used in order to mitigate shallow dictionary attacks. Is there any negative implication of storing this ...
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Do non-keyboard characters make my password less susceptible to brute forcing?

I can put characters in my password for which there are no keys on a keyboard. On Windows, Alt+#### (with the numpad) inserts the character for whatever code you type in. When I put this in a ...
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how long does it take to actually generate rainbow tables?

I've been reading up about rainbow tables as I think they're quite interesting cause they're actually a pretty simple concept. Anyway, I was wondering, has anyone been involved in actually generating ...
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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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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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Invalid users trying to log in to my server

I'm seeing a lot of log entries that appear to be failed login attempts from unknown IP addresses. I am using private and public keys to log in with SSH but I have noticed that even with private ...
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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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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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Bruteforce vs Denial of Service

I had a problem presented today which I found quite interesting. You have an application with a management panel. You know some of the accounts as they are standard. You want two things: You want ...
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Why check to see if a password is already used by another user?

This is coming from a joke originally in French: Enter your password. carrot Sorry, your password must be more than 8 characters. carottegéante (giant carrot) Sorry, your ...
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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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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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Protection against account lockout DoS

Any ideas on how to protect against the following scenario? Company x uses active directory for authentication of it's employees. The company has multiple authentication points that are semi-public ...
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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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Attract Brute Force SSH Attacks

I posted a question on Server Fault, but got downvoted and had the question closed. One of the comments suggested looking over here, so here goes: For my senior project, I'm working on an ...
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Cracking MS-CACHE v2 hashes using GPU

As most people here will know, Windows caches domain/AD credentials in a format known as MS-Cache v2. Obviously, these would be excellent passwords to gain during a penetration test when local access ...
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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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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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Zip file with two password

I used this command to password protect a zip file on Linux : zip -P 9000 hash.zip hash.py and it creates the zip file just fine, then I wrote a program to test every possible password on it from 1 ...
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Why does Hydra return 16 valid passwords when none are valid?

I've been playing around with Hydra and DVWA and I've hit a bit of a snag - Hydra responds letting me know that the first 16 passwords in my password list are correct when none of them are. I assume ...
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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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Brute Forcing Password to a Truecrypt-encrypted file with Partial Knowledge

A while back, I encrypted a few files with Truecrypt, and stored the password in my head. Now I need to access it again, the password isn't working. I'm sure most of it is right, but I'm off by one 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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time to crack file-encryption password - more than just iteration

I have often seen that takes x amount of time to crack a certain length password. But this just seems to be the amount of time it takes to iterate through all the possibilities. What about the time it ...
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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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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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Long running SMTP session

I recently noticed an SMTP session on my server which started when a remote host connected but never seemed to result in any emails being delivered. I could see that it was probably a SPAM site and so ...
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What's the purpose? Strange login attemps “sshd[***] Received disconnect from **.**.**.**: 11: Bye Bye [preauth]”

I've seen something like: sshd[***]: Invalid user oracle from **.**.**.** // 1st line sshd[***]: input_userauth_request: invalid user oracle [preauth] // 2nd line ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I prevent users from using bad passwords in my web application?

There is a long discussion on whether it's the responsibility of the user or the system administrator to deal with the strength of the password. Obviously, the password is a very private thing, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...