Yesterday we featured an article about a way to speed the cracking of alphanumeric Windows passwords, reducing the time to break such codes to an average of 13.6 seconds. Now more information about Windows vs. other operating systems, especially Mac OS X, has come to light.
“The same password encoded on two Windows machines will always be the same. That means that a password cracker can create a large lookup table and break passwords on any Windows computer. Unix, Linux and the Mac OS X, however, add a 12-bit salt to the calculation, making any brute force attempt to break the encryption take 4,096 times longer or require 4,096 times more memory,” reports Robert Lemos for CNET News.com.
Full article here.