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Windows Password Vulnerability and Preventive Measures


  • Ph. D. Scholar, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Matunga, Mumbai, India
  • Professor, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Matunga, Mumbai, India


With the rise in the use of the Internet, cyber crimes have also increased. One of the most prominent attack that can cause a breach in the security of sensitive system is hacking the password hashes. This paper discusses the window password hashes used in the Windows NT-based operating systems and the loopholes in them. The paper also covers various attacking techniques used by attackers in order to gain access to the password . The experiment carried out to identify and extract the password hashes from the volatile memory is also discussed. Finally the paper suggests mechanism for password protection.


Hash Function, Registry, Hives, Salting, Volatile Memory, SAM

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Paper Submission Date : March 28, 2016 ; Paper sent back for Revision : April 08, 2016 ; Paper Acceptance Date : April 18, 2016.

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