[ISN] SSD tools crack passwords 100 times faster

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:24:31 -0600 (CST)

By John Leyden
The Register
12th March 2010

Password-cracking tools optimised to work with SSDs have achieved speeds 
up to 100 times quicker than previously possible.

After optimising its rainbow tables of password hashes to make use of 
SSDs Swiss security firm Objectif Scurit was able to crack 14-digit 
WinXP passwords with special characters in just 5.3 seconds. Objectif 
Scurit's Philippe Oechslin told Heise Security that the result was 100 
times faster than possible with their old 8GB Rainbow Tables for XP 

The exercise illustrated that the speed of hard discs rather than 
processor speeds was the main bottleneck in password cracking based on 
password hash lookups.

Objectif's test rig featured an ageing Athlon 64 X2 4400+ with an SSD 
and optimised tables containing 80GB of password hashes. The system 
supports a brute force attack of 300 billion passwords per second, and 
is claimed to be 500 times faster than a password cracker from Russian 
firm Elcomsoft that takes advantages of the number crunching prowess of 
a graphics GPU from NVIDIA.


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