Medusa - Login BruteForcer


Medusa is a fast, massively parallel, modular, login brute-forcer for network services. This tool supports the following services.
  • Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) 
  • CVS
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
  • MS-SQL
  • MySQL
  • NetWare Core Protocol (NCP)
  • Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP)
  • PcAnywhere
  • Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3)
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
  • PostgreSQL
  • Remote Exec (REXEC)
  • Remote login (rlogin)
  • Remote shell (rsh)
  • Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Secure Shell v2 (SSHv2)
  • Subversion (SVN)
  • Telnet
  • VMware Authentication Daemon (vmauthd)
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC)

The author of Medusa considers the following as some of the key features of this tool.
  • 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.

JoMo-Kun and his team (developers) installed Medusa on a variety of default system installations and performed some basic tests. According to the test results, Medusa perfectly works on Linux, BSD, SunOS, and Mac, but not on Cygwin.

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