May 04

The most common password attack is the dictionary one, isn’t it ?

Unfortunately there is enormous amount of users out there who use weak passwords, or even worse the same password as the username. Common pass phrases are:

  • family names
  • wife/husband names
  • phone numbers
  • street name
  • etc

CUPP is a tool which generates a text file containing most of these common passwords and their variations such as password, p@ssword, p@ssw0rd, etc.

It is a python script therefore it is very easy to alter according to your needs and requirements.

You can download its current version 3.0 here.

Ubuntu 10.04 release

May 04

The new Ubuntu version is already out for a number of days. As always I upgraded my OS to the newer version immediately.

For the first time I have to confess that Ubuntu is really good OS. During last 3-4 years Canonical developers were doing huge amount of work on their OS, but this time they did something different, they made it extremely fast ! Yes, Ubuntu 10.04 boots in seconds! On my laptop I am able to use my computer for no more than 40 secs, after pressing enter on grub. My machine is :

AMD Turion 64 x2 @ 1.9 GHz
2 GB RAM @ 800MHz
HDD @ 5200 rpm

Obviously the boot time is so long because of the slow hard drive. I suppose on a desktop machine where the hard disk spins at 720o rpm it will perform better.

But, it is not only the boot time, it is everything that loads immediately ! There is almost no delay from pressing the button and the actual rendering of the windows on the screen. For now I have no idea what they have done to the new version, but it is a good hit.

This distro of Linux is my favorite one now.  I strongly recommend it to every novice/intermediate user.

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