Moscow — April 16
ElcomSoft, a provider of computer forensics tools and support, has added multiprocessor and multicore support to Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery v. 2.50.
ElcomSoft's Windows password recovery software offers administrators a comprehensive solution for recovering passwords to documents and files when employees forget their passwords, or when they deliberately add passwords to documents in an effort to sabotage their companies. The software is also used by forensics, police and military specialists worldwide to open locked documents.
Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery provides password recovery solutions for all Microsoft Office documents, Microsoft Money and OneNote, Adobe Acrobat PDF files, PKCS#12 certificates, LM/NTLM hashes used in Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 log-on passwords, PGP, Lotus Notes ID files, MD5 hashes, and UNIX and Oracle users’ passwords.
Today, with support for the multiple cores found in all current AMD and Intel processors, Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery can operate significantly faster than before to recover lost passwords. Modern PCs have motherboards that can accommodate one, two or four CPU chips. Since current CPU chips have two or four cores — which are, in fact, separate processors — one computer can run Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery 16 times faster than before.
Before Distributed Password Recovery, the most effective way to recover a lost password was to put the locked file on the fastest machine in the company and use brute force to attack the password. Distributed Password Recovery lets you coordinate all of the unused computing power of every computer on your LAN or WAN and use distributed processing to restore the lost password, which makes the brute-force attack very effective even for documents where strong encryption is being used.
Distributed Password Recovery installs “agents” onto as many computers on the network as the user desires. Each of these agents uses brute force to try to recover the lost password. The program ensures these agents work together and combine their computing power to find the lost password. The more computing power available, the faster the recovery speed. In version 2.50, each agent takes advantage of the maximum number of processors available on each computer.
Another module of the program, the Console, is designed to manage the agents. This solution is best for big enterprises with thousands of clients, when employees leave without un-protecting their mission-critical documents.
Distributed Password Recovery can be easily installed in enterprise networks with thousands of computers and generates little traffic. The agents work in the background without interfering with other programs. That is, they use the CPU only when it is in its idle state. An administrator can get a report about the work that is done. When a password is restored or a document is decrypted, the program informs the administrator by e-mail and starts processing the next task. Using the Console, an administrator can also keep statistics.
Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery also employs a revolutionary, patent-pending technology to accelerate password recovery when a compatible NVIDIA graphics card is present in addition to the CPU-only mode. Currently supporting all GeForce 8 and GeForce 9 boards, the acceleration technology off-loads parts of computation-heavy processing onto the fast and highly scalable processors featured in the NVIDIA's latest graphic accelerators.
The acceleration technology developed by ElcomSoft allows the execution of mathematically intensive password-recovery code on the massively parallel computational elements found in latest NVIDIA graphic accelerators. The GPU acceleration is unique to Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery, making password recovery 20 to 50 times faster compared to password recovery methods that only use the computer's main CPU.
Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery v. 2.50 runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 and requires 13 MB of hard-disk space on the server and 8 MB on every client. The program interface may be set to run in English, Russian, German and Japanese. Prices begin at $599 for networks with up to 20 clients/agents. A free trial version also is available.