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Solved: secure passwords-how critical?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by pcguy9441, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. pcguy9441

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    We all know about how to make a very secure password. Mix in upper case, lower case, numbers, special chars, etc. This is great for the password to your bank's web site or discount broker app, but what about the basic Windows login p/w?

    Is it possible for Vlad in St Petersburg to crack my 20 char complex mixed ascii alpa-numeric p/w programatically with his p/w cracker tool via the net as opposed to actually sitting in my chair at my keyboard? If it can't be cracked remotely, then I'm safe with a simple 7-8 char alpha p/w. Right or wrong? If I'm wrong, how could someone login remotely?
     
  2. lunarlander

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    There are exploit tools which can open up a command prompt to your machine. They don't have to login, they just get access to what account that happens to be running.

    In this article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Accounts_Manager

    They mentioned accessing the SAM database from your RAM.

    Usually after gaining initial entry, they would try to go for the System account or admin accounts. There are, again, exploits that do this. So keep your system patched.

    All that seems to make passwords less important. But one has to remember that physical security is part of security. Your office cleaner that comes in at night has all night to play with your login.
     
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