Information Security

Hashcat: Use the Hashcat-gui On Windows To Brute Force MD5 Hashes

Hashcat is an excellent tool to use or security audits of passwords. I will be doing a series of articles relating to anything from simple brute forcing such as the article to more complex techniques using Hashcat, oclHashcat, and the Hashcat-gui on both Windows and Linux operating systems. The goal is to make people more aware of the technologies available to crack passwords which should allow people to audit their companies passwords for more strict enforcement. This article relates to using the Hashcat-gui on Windows 7 to crack 10 MD5 hashes and assumes that you already have successfully installed Hashcat and the Hashcat-gui.

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CentOS Linux: sort: invalid option — R, Try sort –help for more information

I was working on an article a couple days ago with a friend and he had sent over some commands for me to reference in the article which included the “sort -R” command. The sort -R switch will randomly sort the contents of a file which is very useful in certain situations. The problem is that the sort command which is installed by the coreutils RPM package on CentOS does not include the -R switch because it is to old. Below I describe the issue in more detail and provide references on how you could upgrade sort on CentOS Linux.

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Install Or Upgrade One Application From coreutils Package On CentOS Linux

Yesterday I needed to upgrade a single application on CentOS Linux. First I figured out that the application was part of the coreutils RPM package which is currently only available up to version coreutils 5.97-23 on CentOS. The current coreutils package is already up to coreutils 8.5 and upgrading coreutils is near impossible on CentOS because of other package requirements that it needs. Below are instructions on how to download the coreutils source, build the coreutils applications in a new directory, and then upgrade one application.

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Find Out What Applications Are Installed From An RPM Package On Linux

Earlier today I was upgrading some packages on a CentOS Linux server and was curious what applications were actually installed with the coreutils RPM package. I knew that this was one of the main RPM packages that had a ton of various applications installed with it however I was not sure specifically which ones. Below are some examples of how to use RPM to find out exactly what is installed with a specific RPM package.

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