Oh, why is (7) considered Good News, below?
Well, it takes 45*365+197 > 16,500 cooperating culprits to crack a 7-character random password in 1
If that seems too feasible (it might be), try a challenging length, like 16 characters. Just
remember the Worse News, (8) in my previous message.
At some point, it is necessary to abandon passwords as reliable for protecting the privacy of
encrypted documents. All they do is increase the risk that an ordinary user will lose a password
and not be able to open one of their own private documents.
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2012 13:15
To: 'Sandy Harris'; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [libreoffice-users] Re: how to crack a PW in LO?
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6. GOOD NEWS #1 (for now): Even allowing for (4-5), the estimates for longer passwords are
Pwd Accent OFFICE
Length Time Estimate (same conditions)
You can see why length and random selection from the full 95 ASCII codes matters. Using larger
character sets is even better, of course. I routinely use 15-character randomly-chosen passwords
that are never used for more than one purpose.
7. GOOD NEWS #2 (for now): It is possible to crowd-source this work on multiple processors or as a
challenge with multiple hackers over the internet, where the attack space is subdivided. Normally,
one would not want to share the document, especially if its decryption is extremely valuable.
However, there are parts of encrypted ODF documents that are benign and usable in a
community/cloud-based attack. Once the password is recovered for that portion, the holder of the
complete document can decrypt all of it.
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