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SubjectRe: 2.4.22-pre7: are security issues solved?
On Wed, 23 Jul 2003 20:47:53 +1000
Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 03:35:05AM -0700, David S. Miller wrote:
> > If I know your password is 7 characters I have a smaller
> > space of passwords to search to just brute-force it.
>
> It's much smaller if you didn't know that it was at most 7 characters
> long. However, if you did know the upper bound, or you were just
> brute forcing all passwords starting from 1 character, then the
> difference is relatively minor. This is because
>
> n + n^2 + n^3 + n^4 + n^5 + n^6
>
> is much smaller than n^7 where n is something like 62 for a reasonable
> password.

"7" in my example is an arbitrary number, increase it to any larger
number you like.
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