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Brute force password attack

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Definition Edit

A brute force password attack is

a method of accessing an obstructed device through attempting multiple combinations of numeric/alphanumeric passwords.[1]

Overview Edit

Since there are so many possibilities, it can take months to crack a password. Although brute force can take a long time, it usually takes far less time than most password policies specify for password changing. Consequently, passwords found during brute force attacks are still too weak. Theoretically, all passwords can be cracked by a brute force attack, given enough time and processing power, although it could take many years and require serious computing power.

References Edit

  1. NIST, Guidelines on PDA Forensics, Glossary, at 57 (NIST Special Publication 800-72) (Nov. 2004) (full-text).

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