Medusa Fast Parallel Password Cracker 1.3 Released

The New Acunetix V12 Engine

Medusa is intended to be a speedy, massively parallel, modular, login brute-forcer. The goal is to support as many services which allow remote authentication as possible. The author considers following items as some of the key features of this application:

  • Thread-based parallel testing. Brute-force testing can be performed against multiple hosts, users or passwords concurrently.
  • Flexible user input. Target information (host/user/password) can be specified in a variety of ways. For example, each item can be either a single entry or a file containing multiple entries. Additionally, a combination file format allows the user to refine their target listing.
  • Modular design. Each service module exists as an independent .mod file. This means that no modifications are necessary to the core application in order to extend the supported list of services for brute-forcing.

Version 1.3 of Medusa is now available for public download.

Medusa currently has modules supporting: CVS, FTP, HTTP, IMAP, MS-SQL, MySQL, NCP (NetWare), PcAnywhere, POP3, PostgreSQL, rexec, rlogin, rsh, SMB, SMTP (VRFY), SNMP, SSHv2, SVN, Telnet, VmAuthd, VNC, and a generic wrapper module.

While Medusa was designed to serve the same purpose as THC-Hydra, there are several significant differences. For a brief comparison you can see here.

This release fixes several autoconf issues and a number of minor bugs.

You can find the Medusa homepage here and download Medusa here:

Medusa 1.3

Medusa was developed on Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD. Some limited testing has been done on other platforms/distributions (OpenBSD, Debian, Ubuntu, Darwin, Solaris).

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5 Responses to Medusa Fast Parallel Password Cracker 1.3 Released

  1. nancy November 12, 2006 at 1:27 pm #

    Dear sir
    i tryed to download medusa program but i did not find any inselation file
    thank u

  2. Gouki November 13, 2006 at 7:34 am #

    You probably meant ‘installation file’. Medusa runs on Linux, so don’t expect to find any .EXEs.

    There are two way of doing it (I’m not sure how Medua works).

    You can download the sources and compile it yourself (normally: ./configure, make && make install) or you can chmod +x the script and then run it – ./script.

    However, I think Medusa needs to be compiled.

  3. zoompateck December 27, 2006 at 11:29 am #

    hey all!!
    well m stuck, can somebody help me out …

    can anyone teach me how to hack an gmail account..

    please, please, please

    highly obliged if someone can do me this favour


  4. gautam December 31, 2006 at 1:33 am #

    how i can improve my it & networking skills

  5. parker February 23, 2007 at 5:47 pm #

    i don’t know how to compile
    can anyone teach me how to compile?