Tools compared: Remote brute-force password crackers

Finding the right tool can be difficult. This sheet compares 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.

Tool details
Dependencies
StrenghtsThe source code of this software is availableMore than 500 GitHub stars, The source code of this software is availableMore 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)PythonCC++PythonC
Last release

v.3.4 (2016-01-20)

UnknownUnknown

0.6 (2014-08-25)

8.6 (2017-07-21)

Tool page (last updated)

2017-09-18

2017-07-29

2017-07-29

2017-09-17

2017-09-17

Tool score
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