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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

JohnTheRipper

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:JohnTheRipper
Technical name:Application/JohnTheRipper.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a tool that allows hackers to get passwords that are typical or easy to guess.

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Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:May 3, 2004
Detection updated on:Nov. 3, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

JohnTheRipper is a Hacking Tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

JohnTheRipper allows hackers to get passwords that are typical or easy to guess in Unix and Windows computers. Together with other hacking tools, JohnTheRipper.A can launch a distributed attack in order to steal passwords.

JohnTheRipper does not pose a risk by itself.

Visible Symptoms 

    

JohnTheRipper is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.