ATI Graphic cards turbo charge password recovery
Cracking on steroids
Russian password cracking firm ElcomSoft is using the latest graphics cards from ATI to double the speed of its iPhone password breaker and wireless security auditor products.
ATI Radeon HD5970-accelerated password recovery runs twice as fast as NVIDIA Tesla-supported recovery, or up to 20 times faster than on Core i7-960 rigs based on Intel's top of the line quad-core CPUs, according to benchmarks published by ElcomSoft here. The ATI video cards also come in at below the thousand dollar mark while enterprise-grade NVIDIA Tesla products start at around $10,000.
Performance benchmarks used to come from games such as Quake, but now ATI and NVIDIA are also duking it out for bragging rights in the password cracking arena.
ElcomSoft said it was looking forward to testing its software on the upcoming NVIDIA Tesla (S2050/S2070), available mid-2010, as well as NVIDIA's Next Generation CUDA architecture technology, codenamed Fermi.
Software from ElcomSoft is designed for applications such as password security auditing on Wi-Fi networks and password recovery on iPhone and iPod backups. The technology takes advantage of parallel computing architectures on graphics boards to run brute force and dictionary attacks. ®
Re : Bigmouth strikes again
Care to explain ?
Do you have access to the one machine on my network that runs the program?
Do you know the name of the program or which user is allowed to run it ?
Do you know the password to allow the program to run?
Do you know the passphrases and what purpose they are intended for ?
Do you know the algorithm ?
Do you know ANYTHING?
Re : Soooo
I think a hash derived from a 256 bit salt and a 'random' 20 digit password with upper/lowercase, numbers and symbols might take quite a time to crack.
Re : Soooo
And, no I don't write the 20 digit password down. I use a passphrase and a little (root & password protected) C program to scramble/shift/add to produce a password like : -