Tools compared: Remote brute-force password crackers

Finding the right tool for the job can be difficult task. This sheet compares Crowbar, Medusa, Ncrack, Patator and THC Hydra.

Tool comparison: Crowbar, Medusa, Ncrack, Patator and THC Hydra
CrowbarMedusaNcrackPatatorTHC Hydra
Description

Crowbar is a brute forcing tool that can be used during penetration tests. Unlike other similar tools it uses different methods to achieve its goal.

Patator is a security tool to perform enumeration or brute-force attempts to discover authentication details. It can be used during penetration testing.

THC Hydra is a brute-force cracking tool for remote authentication services. It supports many protocols, including telnet, FTP, LDAP, SSH, SNMP, and others.

Dependencies
Strenghts

The source code of this software is available

More than 500 GitHub stars, The source code of this software is available

More than 25 contributors, More than 1000 GitHub stars, Project is mature (10+ years), The source code of this software is available

Weaknesses
Programming language(s)

Python

C

C++

Python

C

Last release

v.3.4 (2016-01-20)

2.2 (2015-11-24)

0.7 (2019-08-24)

0.7 (2017-12-14)

9.0 (2019-05-17)

Tool page (last updated)

2018-01-09

2018-05-14

2019-08-25

2018-12-09

2019-11-13

Tool score

60

60

93

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More information

Crowbar review

Medusa review

Ncrack review

Patator review

THC Hydra review