A very fast network logon cracker which support many different services. See feature sets and services coverage page - incl. a speed comparison against ncrack and medusa
Current Version: 7.3 Last update 2012-05-23
[0x00] News and Changelog
Check out the feature sets and services coverage page - including a speed comparison against ncrack and medusa (yes, we win :-) ) Read below for Linux compilation notes. And there is a new section below for online tutorials.
CHANGELOG for 7.3
* Hydra main:
- Added -F switch to quit all targets if one pair was found (for -M)
- Fixed a bug where hydra would terminate after reporting a successful
login when an account would accept any password
- Fixed a bug with very large wordlists (thanks to sheepdestroyer for reporting!)
- Enhanced the module help
* configure script:
- Added fix Oracle library inclusion, thanks to Brandon Archer!
- Added --nostrip option to prevent binary stripping (requested by Fedora maintainer)
* Added a Makefile patch by the Debian maintainers to support their
SecurityHardeningBuildFlags for the wheezy build as requested
* dpl4hydra: added install directory support
* All code: message cleanups
* SNMP module
- originally already supported write and v2 although this was not in the
module help output. Added :-)
- added SNMPv3 MD5/SHA1 authentication support, though beta still
* HTTP module:
- fixed HTTP NTLM auth session
- implemented errata fix for HTTP digest md5-sess algorithm
- set default path to /
* HTTP Form module:
- set default path to /
- support HTTP/1.0 redirects
- fix failed condition check when pcre is not used
* IMAP module: fixed auth detection
* POP3 module: Updated auth and capability detection
* Oracle module: fixed bad handling
* Oracle listener module: fixed hash size handling
* Telnet/Cisco/Cisco-enable modules: support "press ENTER" prompts
* FTP module:
- Fixed a bug where 530 messages were incorrectly handled
- Clarification for the usage of ftps
* Mysql module: added patch from Redhat/Fedora that fixes compile problems
* Added IDN and PCRE support for Cygwin
You can also take a look at the full CHANGES file
Welcome to the mini website of the THC Hydra project.
Number one of the biggest security holes are passwords, as every password security study shows.
Hydra is a parallized login cracker which supports numerous protocols to attack. New modules
are easy to add, beside that, it is flexible and very fast.
Hydra was tested to compile on Linux, Windows/Cygwin, Solaris 11, FreeBSD 8.1 and OSX, and
is made available under GPLv3 with a special OpenSSL license expansion.
Currently this tool supports:
AFP, Cisco AAA, Cisco auth, Cisco enable, CVS, Firebird, FTP, HTTP-FORM-GET, HTTP-FORM-POST,
HTTP-GET, HTTP-HEAD, HTTP-PROXY, HTTPS-FORM-GET, HTTPS-FORM-POST, HTTPS-GET, HTTPS-HEAD,
HTTP-Proxy, ICQ, IMAP, IRC, LDAP, MS-SQL, MYSQL, NCP, NNTP, Oracle Listener, Oracle SID, Oracle,
PC-Anywhere, PCNFS, POP3, POSTGRES, RDP, Rexec, Rlogin, Rsh, SAP/R3, SIP, SMB, SMTP, SMTP Enum,
SNMP, SOCKS5, SSH (v1 and v2), Subversion, Teamspeak (TS2), Telnet, VMware-Auth, VNC and XMPP.
For HTTP, POP3, IMAP and SMTP, several login mechanisms like plain and MD5 digest etc. are supported.
This tool is a proof of concept code, to give researchers and security consultants the
possiblity to show how easy it would be to gain unauthorized access from remote to a system.
The program is maintained by van Hauser and David Maciejak.
Hydra comes with a rather long README file that describes the
details about the usage and special options.
But sometimes detailed online help can vastly improve your efficency.
The following links on the global internet are a recommended read.
General usage and options: http://www.aldeid.com/wiki/Thc-hydra
HTTP basic auth: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Testing_for_Brute_Force_%28OWASP-AT-004%29
HTTP form based auth: http://www.art0.org/security/performing-a-dictionary-attack-on-an-http-login-form-using-hydra
Multiple protocols: http://wiki.bywire.org/Hydra
For those people testing with DVWA, this is what you want:
hydra -l admin -p password http-get-form "/dvwa/login.php:username=^USER^&password=^PASS^&submit=Login:Login failed"
If you find other good ones, just email them in ( vh(at)thc(dot)org ).
[0x03] Compilation Help
Hydry compiles fine on all platforms that have gcc - Linux, all BSD, Mac OS/X, Cygwin on Windows, Solaris, etc.
It should even compile on historical SunOS, Ultrix etc. platforms :-)
There are many optional modules for network protocols like SSH, SVN etc. that require libraries.
If they are not found, these optional libraries will not be supported in your binary.
If you are on Linux, the following commands install all necessary libraries:
Ubuntu/Debian: apt-get install libssl-dev libssh-dev libidn11-dev libpcre3-dev libgtk2.0-dev libmysqlclient-dev libpq-dev libsvn-dev firebird2.1-dev libncp-dev
Redhat/Fedora: yum install openssl-devel pcre-devel ncpfs-devel postgresql-devel libssh-devel subversion-devel
OpenSuSE: zypper install libopenssl-devel pcre-devel libidn-devel ncpfs-devel libssh-devel postgresql-devel subversion-devel
This enables all optional modules and features with the exception of Oracle, SAP R/3 and the
Apple filing protocol - which you will need to download and install from the vendor's web sites.
For all other Linux derivates and BSD based systems, use the system software installer and look for
similar named libraries like in the command above.
In all other cases you have to download all source libraries and compile them manually;
the configure script output tells you what is missing and where to get it from.
1. This tool is for legal purposes only!
2. The GPLv3 applies to this code.
3. A special license expansion for OpenSSL is included which is required for the debian people
[0x05] Development & Contributions
Your contributions are more than welcomed!
If you find bugs, coded enhancements or wrote a new attack module for a service,
please send them to vh (at) thc (dot) org
Interesting attack modules would be:
OSPF, BGP, PIM, PPTP, ...
(or anything else you might be able to do (and is not there yet))
(1) Target selection
(2) Login/Password setup
(3) Hydra start and output
[0x07] The Art of Downloading: Source and Binaries
1. The source code of state-of-the-art Hydra: hydra-7.3.tar.gz
(compiles on all UNIX based platforms - even MacOS X, Cygwin on Windows, ARM-Linux, etc.)
2. The source code of the stable tree of Hydra in case v7 gives you problems on unusual and old platforms:
3. The Win32/Cywin binary release: --- not anymore ---
Install cygwin from http://www.cygwin.com
and compile it yourself. If you do not have cygwin installed - how
do you think you will do proper securiy testing? duh ...
4. ARM and Palm binaries here are old and not longer maintained:
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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