Cisco inadvertently weakens password encryption in its IOS operating system

The password encryption scheme used in newer Cisco IOS versions is weak, researchers find

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Networking

While investigating this issue the researchers found hundreds of Type 4 password hashes using Google search that had been leaked online by users who posted their Cisco device log files or terminal captures on various websites. Only around 10 of those hashes were generated from passwords that were complex enough for the hashes to be considered somewhat secure, the researchers said.

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