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Questions tagged [brute-force]

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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Do you need more than 128-bit entropy?

UUID uses 128-bit numbers. Currently it is not feasible to randomly produce two UUIDs that are the same. Does that mean 128 bits of entropy is suitable for all cryptographic operations? I would ...
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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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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 to protect our server from brute force attack? [closed]

One of the most common cyber attack is Bruteforce , what are the mechanisms available to protect this attack and how industry apply these mechanisms to mitigate the attacks (best practices)?
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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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How to brute-force a somewhat remembered aescrypt password?

I have a file I encrypted with AES via aescrypt about 5 years ago. I remember a lot of things about the password with several prefixes and suffixes. I have experience as a programmer but not with ...
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Two factor brute force protection

If I implement two factor authentication using TOTP, I (obviously) have to protect against simple brute force attacks of the TOTP value. If I ask for the TOTP value after successful password login, ...
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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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How to interpret this statement against 4096-bit RSA

While I'd agree that double-sized RSA keys may pose more problems than the gain in security possibly justifies, I am having problems understanding the argument made here: https://gnupg.org/faq/gnupg-...
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What are the dangers of exposing weakly protected user accounts bound with a fake shell over ssh?

As anyone running a server can tell from first-hand experience, there are bots trying to constantly brute force their way through with commonly found usernames over SSH. A friend of mine created a ...
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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. Removing login limits would have the ...
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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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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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Spoofing an NTP server to allow bruteforce on any smartphone

We all know that smartphones (i'll take iPhone as an example) rely on SNTP/NTP servers to update a device's time and date. So, by creating an SNTP server that mimics Apple's server, we can actually ...
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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 advantage,...
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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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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 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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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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Avoid being hacked with brute-force attack

During the last week, our company website has been under a weird brute-force, this attack actually led to hacking an admin account. Our website is a wordpress site. The attacker keeps performing POST ...
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Bruteforce part of password in TrueCrypt

I own a TrueCrypt container and I can't open it. I remember part of its password. So I want to bruteforce attack on it. I tried many parameters in oclHashCat but none worked (parameter problem). Can ...
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Is there a way to see what is program is causing RDP attempts on computer

One of our servers (running RdpGuard) shows multiple failed attempts from specific users' machines (3 to be exact) and I can't figure out what is causing them. One user is local and two are remote ...
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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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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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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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How would someone attack a not truly random secret produced by a human?

Especially in cryptocurrencies you often hear people say that private key/seeds should not be typed "randomly" by humans, but rather use a truly random number generator. I understand, that humans ...
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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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Brute force prevention: where and when?

I design a 'secure' login system. Let's focus in the brute force prevention. In my Android client I have a counter that counts the number of times that the user tries to login, with false credentials. ...
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How to (further) ensure SSH security?

I set up my Linux Ubuntu machine as an SSH server through no-ip.com and it works great. Recently I discovered the command, sudo lastb -ad -F -w which outputs a log of the most recent failed SSH ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What makes one random strong password more resistant to a brute force search than another

The only way to do this is by making an educated guess on how the brute force algorithm works or probably works. Lets say you were trying to crack a combination lock with 3 discs each with 10 ...
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Why brute-force the password instead of the key directly?

This answer on another question on security stackexchange by a very reputed user explains why he prefers GnuPG over OpenSSL for file encryption. From what I understand, it can be summarized as this: ...
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Do password crackers / brute-force attacks put a higher priority on “picture-passwords”?

Some time ago I saw a post on reddit about someone with the seemingly very random username "78523965412369874123": If you trace those numbers on a usual keyboard-numpad, it spells out a swastika with ...
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Cracking a password Protected pdf file using John the ripper

What exactly happens after I provide the hash from the pdf file to John for cracking the password? Does John extract just the password hash from the file and work on it, or is there something else?
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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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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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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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Is decryption of past conversations a legitimate concern?

Suppose sensitive information is sent over an insecure channel, but it is encrypted with a cipher such as AES. As of this writing AES is not broken and brute-forcing it would take more than millions ...
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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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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 2^...
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How does a private OpenPGP key's passphrase add to its security?

I am a novice user of OpenPGP. I use GPGTools for OS X. I have several connected questions, but difficult to find direct answers on the Internet. When I create a key-pair, the password I enter is a ...
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What's the correct term form a pre-computed table with password/hash pairs?

The table looks like this: 123456 -> asfty18u78t489yh password -> 89y203rupdifhof something -> 2r892389n89rfsd And the idea is that if you have the hash (asfty18u78t489yh), you know ...
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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 ...