Tool comparison of 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 of 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

4.2 (2020-07-13)

2.2 (2015-11-24)

0.7 (2019-08-24)

0.9 (2020-07-26)

9.2 (2021-03-15)

Tool page (last updated)

2021-07-08

2021-05-08

2021-05-08

2021-07-06

2021-05-08

Tool score

60

68

100

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