Monday, September 10, 2012

Using XHydra to hack router password

Here we are. Firstly i must advise you to only use these methods to test your own security. I will be hacking my own email address / router password as example. 
here are your tools - all can be found in backtrack 5 and some earlier versions.

*Update 4/27/2013*
i have written a part two Using Xhydra to hack aol instant messenger passwords (AIM) 
Given the popularity of this post.


Start X-Hydra
 Also Start Zenmap 

 Everything should start by looking like this:
We will start by hacking a local network router password. This can be very useful to a hacker in the scenario where one has cracked a wifi password and gained local access to the network. After gaining access to the router possibilities are endless. all router security can be disabled and then we can perform MitM attacks (i will write an article on this later). if you're experienced enough in networking then you get the picture.
Typically a router's IP address will start with 192.168.x.x. (which it may be in your case) to check this type ipconfig in windows and ifconfig in linux. the routers IP will be the Default Gateway). 
Now i'm sure you have seen this before:

What we are going to do is tell Xhydra to connect to the routers http server with a protected page, input the username and bruteforce the password. Note this method can be used against any similar password protected page not using forms (will make another post on how to use against forms later).

so your input should be like this:
Check off show attempts as it makes it easier. single target SHOULD BE YOUR DEFUALT GATEWAY. perhaps do not use this against websites or hardware you do not own or have permission to test. Important - port should be 80 or in some cases 8080. EVEN MORE IMPORTANT under PROTOCOL find http-get and click it. to find open ports on a device just scan the target IP with zenmap.
Back to hydra

in most cases the username will be admin. also in most cases the password will be either "password" "admin" or BLANK.
however, in my situation the default password is far different from admin or blank. so what i have done was selected a wordlist. you can find many wordlists using google. typically the bigger the better especially on a local network. backtrack comes with a few. can be found in: /root/pentest/passwords/wordlists
 i have compiled my own and named it password.lst.
Click Here for a basic wordlist 
click username enter admin
click Password list and select your list
also check off "try login as password" and "try empty password"
then move to the Specific tab.
change http / https url to just a slash    /
this tells hydra what directory the protected page is on the server.

goto the start tab and click start. results will follow.

this quick tutorial is mainly for people beginning. i do not claim to be an expert in the field, however i am qualified to talk about these things. hydra is a powerful tool. it can be used for much more than just bruteforcing protected page passwords. there are a numerous amount of protocols, ftp, pop3, smtp and ssh being my favorite. next tutorial i will get a little more in depth on the scanning part and i will show you how to do this with virtually any email address.
questions please email.


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