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password auditing
From: Derek Robson <robsonde () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 19:43:27 +1300

I have been asked by my manager to setup a password audit.

I plan on using john-the-ripper (unix passwords)
the basic idea is that we want a list of users that have weak
passwords, gut feeling is that a large number of staff have an old
default password.

we intend to just hit it with a 200K word dictionary, and see what we get.

the next step is run this every month and email users that have weak
passwords asking them to "please change your password"

the question is about the security we setup around the box we run JtR
on and the data we find.
should this be done on a non-networked box?
could this be done on an secure networked box, one that only a few
(about 7) trusted staff have login for?

any other tips?

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