Using Large Dictionaries for Password Cracking in a Network Environment

Passware has recently released a new version of its flagship product – Passware Kit Forensic 2016.1, which supports shared dictionaries. What does this mean for corporations and forensic investigators?

Large custom wordlists and even memory image files can be used by Passware Kit as dictionaries to recover a password. Such files are often stored on network-shared drives, while the password recovery process is launched on different workstations.

Passware customers no longer have to copy large dictionary files to local computers running Passware Kit or Passware Kit Agents. The dictionary should be compiled first with Passware Kit into its *.dic format, and can afterwards be stored on a network drive. A customer has to specify the location of the dictionary folder in the Passware Kit settings once — the program would import the dictionaries automatically from the location specified. For distributed password recovery processes, these dictionaries will also be shared among the Passware Kit Agents.

In addition to this, multiple network locations of the dictionaries can be specified in Passware Kit. Configured this way, large custom dictionaries can be used simultaneously by multiple users running Passware Kit on multiple computers.

“With multiple projects and multiple files to decrypt, the new feature for shared dictionaries stored on network drives has made it easier to keep a central repository for known passwords for different projects,” said Javier Escalera, Senior Consultant on Computer Forensics Technology, FTI Consulting. “It makes it easy to update and be shared among colleagues no matter their location. The shared dictionaries can be used by multiple installations of Passware Kit simultaneously.”

Pricing and Availability
Passware Kit Forensic is available directly from Passware and a network of resellers worldwide. The price is $995 with one year of free updates. Additional product information and screenshots are available at

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About Passware, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Passware, Inc. is the worldwide leading maker of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software. Law enforcement and government agencies, institutions, corporations and private investigators, help desk personnel, and thousands of private consumers rely on Passware software products to ensure data availability in the event of lost passwords. Passware customers include many Fortune 100 companies and various US federal and state agencies, such as the IRS, US Army, US Department of Defense (DOD), US Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Transportation, US Postal Service, US Secret Service, US Senate, and US Supreme Court.
Passware is a privately held corporation with its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. More
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