Revisiting Defenses Against Large-Scale Online Password Guessing Attacks

Brute force and dictionary attacks on password-only remote login services are now widespread and ever increasing. Enabling convenient login for legitimate users while preventing such attacks is a difficult problem. Automated Turing Tests (ATTs) continue to be an effective, easy-to-deploy approach to identify auto-mated malicious login attempts with reasonable cost of inconvenience to users. In this paper the authors discuss the inadequacy of existing and proposed login protocols designed to address large-scale online dictionary attacks (e.g., from a botnet of hundreds of thousands of nodes).

Provided by: University of Toronto Topic: Security Date Added: Sep 2010 Format: PDF

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