Sunday, February 03, 2008

Brute Force Attack on MS Word Password Protection

It seems that a brute force attack to uncover Word document's password doesn't take very long on a standard PC these days. I was able to uncover a password protected Word document within 1 hour on a low-end Celeron D running at 2.4GHz. The document's password had 5 characters, that's it!

So, my advise is for those who wants to make life more difficult for others, opt for passwords that are at least 8 characters long and preferably it doesn't start with a number ;)

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