Friday, August 29, 2008

 

Cracking MD5 hashes

I want to be clear, that I am not advocating trying to crack and steal information,

Gr33nN1nj4 has an interesting article on using a dictionary based attack to find out encrypted MD5 information.

Background: MD5 is a one-way encryption algorithim (also known as a Cryptographic hash). These hashes are used by many software/web based programs to securely store confidential information such as passwords.

You may have often heard that it is very important when choosing a password, to choose one that contains lots of alpha-numeric characters, including special characters like "@ . !" etc. This tutorial helps to explain why if you pick a password like "password" it can be hacked literally in seconds !

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