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Linguistic Cracking of Passphrases Using Markov Chains

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Linguistic Cracking of Passphrases Using Markov Chains
In order to remember long passwords, it is not uncommon users are recommended to create a sentence which then is assembled to form a long password, a passphrase. However, theoretically a language is very limited and predictable, why a linguistically correct passphrase according to Shannon's definition of information theory should be relatively easy to crack compared to bruteforce. This work focuses on cracking linguistically correct passphrases, partly to determine to what extent it is advisable to base a password policy on such phrases for protection of data, and partly because today, widely available effective methods to crack passwords based on phrases are missing. Within this work, phrases were generated for further processing by available cracking applications, and the language of the phrases were modeled using a Markov process. In this process, phrases were built up by using the number of observed instances of subsequent characters or words in a source text, known as ngrams,...
Peder Sparell, Mikael Simovits
Added 03 Apr 2016
Updated 03 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where IACR
Authors Peder Sparell, Mikael Simovits
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