HotHardware published some more information about a new application from Russian firm ElcomSoft that uses the NVIDIA CUDA technology to significantly boost the performance of "password recovery" of WPA and WPA2 encryption of WiFi networks.
Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery supports both WPA and the newer WPA2 encryption used in the majority of Wi-Fi networks, allowing breaking Wi-Fi protection quickly and efficiently with most laptop and desktop computers. The support of NVIDIA graphic accelerators increases the recovery speed by an average of 10 to 15 times when Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery is used on a moderate laptop with NVIDIA GeForce 8800M or 9800M series GPU, or up to 100 times when running on a desktop with two or more NVIDIA GTX 280 boards installed. Governments, forensic and corporate users will benefit from vastly increased speed of breaking Wi-Fi protection provided by Elcomsoft Distributed Password Recovery.
ElcomSoft Distributed Password Recovery can recover passwords from a broad range of files, ranging from operating systems to RAR files. GPU acceleration is available for Microsoft Office passwords, Microsoft Windows login passwords, MD5 hashes (plaintext recovery) and WPA/WPA2 passwords. A licensed version for up to 20 clients can be ordered at the firm's website for 599EUR.
The following charts show the difference in performance between an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series graphics cards. A GeForce GTX 280 should be even faster.
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Re: Software uses CUDA to boost password recovery by Anonymous on Thursday, November 25 2010 @ 12:39:10 CET
I may test the software again. My test system had built a Core2Duo CPU and a Nvidia GF 260 graphics card with 1GB memory. This software including CUDA support only 178 passwords per second.