Cain and Abel (software)

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Cain and Abel
Developer(s) Massimiliano Montoro
Stable release 4.9.52 / January 15, 2014; 3 months ago (2014-01-15)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type password cracking
License Freeware
Website http://www.oxid.it/cain.html

Cain and Abel (often abbreviated to Cain) is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Windows. It can recover many kinds of passwords using methods such as network packet sniffing, cracking various password hashes by using methods such as dictionary attacks, brute force and cryptanalysis attacks. Cryptanalysis attacks are done via rainbow tables which can be generated with the winrtgen.exe program provided with Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel is maintained by Massimiliano Montoro and Sean Babcock.

Status with virus scanners[edit]

Some virus scanners (and browsers, e.g. Chrome 20.0.1132.47) detect Cain and Abel as malware.

Avast! detects it as "Win32:Cain-B [Tool]" and classifies it as "Other potentially dangerous program", while Microsoft Security Essentials detects it as "Win32/Cain!4_9_14" and classifies it as "Tool: This program has potentially unwanted behavior." Even if Cain's install directory, as well as the word "Cain", are added to Avast's exclude list, the real-time scanner has been known to stop Cain from functioning. However, the latest version of Avast no longer blocks Cain.[citation needed]

Montoro, the owner of oxid.it and maintainer of Cain and Abel, has stated that his programs do not contain malware or backdoors.[1][2] However, as the source code for Cain and Abel is not available for independent security review, a measure of caution is advised as with any software acquired from the Internet.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ oxid.it, info.html.
  2. ^ net-security.org 2009, Q&A with author.
  3. ^ SANS.org 2002, Evaluating Untrusted Software In a Controlled Environment, p. 3.

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