Attack on Students’ Passwords, Findings and Recommendations

  • Przemysław RodwaldEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 987)


Passwords are still the most widespread method of authentication. It is well known and very common for users to create weak passwords. We decided to check the strength of passwords of real systems by cracking MD5 hashes. The results have dismayed us given that 94,94% of passwords were cracked within just a few days. In order to understand the results of cracking better, we asked students about their password conventions, and the strength of selected passwords. We report herein on the most interesting findings as well as their recommendations.


Passwords Cracking passwords Computer security 



We have obtained approval for this research from the Rector of the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia. The author wishes to thank Pawel Wierciszewski, a student, for his help in conducting this survey among students from PNA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polish Naval AcademyGdyniaPoland

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