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Wednesday, July 26 • 15:00 - 15:55
Password Cracking 201: Beyond the Basics

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"Are you a password cracker ... or do you just crack passwords?" -epixoip

My goal with this talk is to help occasional, casual, and non-specialist practitioners bootstrap themselves to the next level of password auditing.

After briefly touching on the basics, I will cover some common pitfalls, some non-obvious assumptions made by the experts, and other lessons from my pursuit of password cracking as a dedicated discipline.

Key takeaways include specific cracking techniques, perspectives on cracking culture, and ways to advance further under your own power.

Prerequisites: Previous experience with cracking tools (hashcat, John the Ripper) and concepts (brute force, masks, rules, keyspace, etc.) is helpful, because we won't spend a lot of time on the basics. But anyone interested in learning more about password cracking is welcome!

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Royce Williams

Password auditor & enthusiast
After 13 years as a sysadmin for a regional ISP in Alaska, I jumped into security full time in 2012 for the financial sector and critical infrastructure. As an independent researcher and a Hashcat beta tester and contributor, my password research interests include deliberately... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 15:00 - 15:55 PDT
Ground1234! (The Tuscany, Tuscany Room) 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169