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Tool and Usage

The known_hosts_bruteforce is a script to discover hostnames from the known_hosts file. This can be useful during penetration testing or incident response.

Why this tool?

This utility is useful when you obtained a known_hosts file, but can't decipher the hashed hostnames from it.

How it works

The tool performs a brute force type of attack on the file by trying a set of hostnames and see if there is a match in the known_hosts file. Additionally, a domain name can be provided to try fully qualified domain names (FQDN) as well.

Usage and audience

This tool is categorized as a brute force tool.

known_hosts_bruteforcer is commonly used for digital forensics or penetration test. Target users for this tool are forensic specialists, pentesters, and security professionals.

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available


  • - No updates for a while

Author and Maintainers

Known_hosts_bruteforcer is under development by Xavier Mertens.


Support operating systems

Known_hosts_bruteforcer is known to work on Linux.

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Project details
Latest release1.3 [2011-01-14]
License(s)Custom license
Last updatedSept. 19, 2017

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