For lab 8 you will examine password cracking.
Password strength is the measure of a password’s efficiency to resist password cracking attacks. The strength of a password is determined by;
Let’s now look at a practical example. We will use three passwords namely
For this example, we will use the password strength indicator of Cpanel when creating passwords. The images below show the password strengths of each of the above-listed passwords.
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The higher the strength number, better the password.
Let’s suppose that we have to store our above passwords using md5 encryption. We will use an online md5 hash generator to convert our passwords into md5 hashes.
The table below shows the password hashes.
Password MD5 Hash Cpanel Strength Indicator password 5f4dcc3b5aa765d61d8327deb882cf99 1 password1 7c6a180b36896a0a8c02787eeafb0e4c 28 #password1$ 29e08fb7103c327d68327f23d8d9256c 60
We will now use http://www.md5this.com/ to crack the above hashes. The images below show the password cracking results for the above passwords.
As you can see from the above results, we managed to crack the first and second passwords that had lower strength numbers. We didn’t manage to crack the third password which was longer, complex and unpredictable. It had a higher strength number.
There are a number of techniques that can be used to crack passwords. We will describe the most commonly used ones below;
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