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November 9, 2009

Linux LiveCD Saves Windows Admin Jobs

by @ 1:53 am. Filed under Linux tips, security, sweet tools

Ophcrack Linux LiveCD

Ophcrack is the Linux LiveCD that you reach for when you forget your admin password on your Win32 (incl. XP and Vista) box.

From the Ophcrack Sourceforge page:

“Ophcrack is a Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off using rainbow tables. This is a new variant of Hellman’s original trade-off, with better performance. It recovers 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords in seconds.”

For all admins who use said proprietary OS, if you ever forget your admin password, this is one great way to recover it, and help you keep your job.

Please do not ever, ever, ever use tools like this for malicious purposes, because that’s just plain not very nice.

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