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Old 05-20-2006, 07:12 AM   #1
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File inclusion vulnerabilities

What good would a remote file inclusion(web application that has the vuln) vulnerability(on the hackers side) be to breaking into a computer?
If he had access to /etc/passwd or /etc/shadow he would only have listed the users that exist on the system, not there passwords.

Anyone help me with this?
Old 05-20-2006, 08:51 PM   #2
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If a remote (or local attacker) can get access to the password hashes in /etc/shadow, they can then perform a offline bruteforce against them using tools like John the Ripper and extract the admin/user passwords from the hashes. These are generally more effective than trying to bruteforce guess username/passwords combos online.


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