Forgot the key passowrd

Ryan Malayter malayter at
Wed Aug 10 19:54:14 CEST 2005

On 8/10/05, Alphax <alphasigmax at> wrote:
> How long will 8 characters (standard unix password length) take to break
> at present?

Using the supplied figure of 200 keys per second, and using only the
95 "printable" ASCII characters:
(95^8)/200 seconds. Or about 1.1 million years!

Obviously, if you know something about the structure of the password
(inlcudes words, is mostly lower case, etc.), you can trim that way
down. But 200 trials per second just isn't going to be verry effective
for a brute force attack.

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