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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Password profiling

In this recipe, we will learn how to profile passwords before we begin our password attack. The purpose of profiling passwords is to allow us to get to a smaller wordlist by gathering information against our target machine, business, and so on. In this recipe, we will use Ettercap and its ARP Poisoning function to sniff traffic.

Getting ready

A connection to the local network is required to complete this recipe.

How to do it...

Let's begin the process of password profiling by launching Ettercap:

  1. We begin this recipe by configuring Ettercap. First we locate its configuration file and edit it using Vim:
    locate etter.conf
    vi /etc/etterconf
    

    Note

    Your location may be different.

  2. Change the ec_uid and ec_gid values to 0:
  3. Next we need to uncomment ...

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