How does brute-force password cracking work with Unix?

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How does brute-force password cracking work with Unix?

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Brute-force password cracking is simply trying a password of A with the given salt, folowing by B, C, and on and on until every possible character combination is tried. It is very time consuming, but given enough time brute force cracking WILL get the password. There are a few brute-force crackers out there for Unix passwords.

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