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Cain & Abel – A useful hacking tool

This is the tool I used sometimes to recover passwords that I have forgotten. I do not encourage hacking. This tool is actually considered a backdoor sometimes by some of the security software in the market. Personally I think it is useful, but people tend to abuse it.

Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols.

Cain & Abel has been developed in the hope that it will be useful for network administrators, teachers, security consultants/professionals, forensic staff, security software vendors, professional penetration tester and everyone else that plans to use it for ethical reasons.

The tool is divided into 2, namely Cain, and Abel.

Cain’s features

  1. Protected Storage Password Manager
    Reveals locally stored passwords of Outlook, Outlook Express, Outlook Express Identities, Outlook 2002, Internet Explorer and MSN Explorer.
  2. Credential Manager Password Decoder
    Reveals passwords stored in Enterprise and Local Credential Sets on Windows XP/2003.
  3. LSA Secrets Dumper
    Dumps the contents of the Local Security Authority Secrets.
  4. Dialup Password Decoder
    Reveals passwords stored by Windows “Dial-Up Networking” component.
  5. APR (ARP Poison Routing)
    Enables sniffing on switched networks and Man-in-the-Middle attacks.
  6. Route Table Manager
    Provides the same functionality of the Windows tool “route.exe” with a GUI front-end.
  7. SID Scanner
    Extracts user names associated to Security Identifiers (SIDs) on a remote system.
  8. Network Enumerator
    Retrieves, where possible, the user names, groups, shares, and services running on a machine.
  9. Service Manager
    Allows you to stop, start, pause/continue or remove a service.
  10. Sniffer
    Captures passwords, hashes and authentication information while they are transmitted on the network. Includes several filters for application specific authentications and routing protocols. The VoIP filter enables the capture of voice conversations transmitted with the SIP/RTP protocol saved later as WAV files.
  11. Routing Protocol Monitors
    Monitors messages from various routing protocols (HSRP, VRRP, RIPv1, RIPv2, EIGRP, OSPF) to capture authentications and shared route tables.
  12. Full RDP sessions sniffer for APR (APR-RDP)
    Allows you to capture all data sent in a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session on the network. Provides interception of keystrokes activity client-side.
  13. Full SSH-1 sessions sniffer for APR (APR-SSH-1)
    Allows you to capture all data sent in a HTTPS session on the network.
  14. Full HTTPS sessions sniffer for APR (APR-HTTPS)
    Allows you to capture all data sent in a HTTPS session on the network.
  15. Certificates Collector
    Grab certificates from HTTPS web sites and prepares them to be used by APR-HTTPS.
  16. MAC Address Scanner with OUI fingerprint
    Using OUI fingerprint, this makes an informed guess about what type of device the MAC address from.
  17. Promiscuous-mode Scanner based on ARP packets
    Identifies sniffers and network Intrusion Detection systems present on the LAN.
  18. Wireless Scanner
    Can scan for wireless networks signal within range, giving details on its MAC address, when it was last seen, the guessed vendor, signal strength, the name of the network (SSID), whether it has WEP or not (note WPA encrypted networks will show up as WEPed), whether the network is an Ad-Hoc network or Infrastructure, what channel the network is operating at and at what speed the network is operating (e.g. 11Mbps). Passive scanning and WEP IVs sniffing are also supported using the AirpCap adapter from CACE Technologies.
  19. 802.11 Capture Files Decoder
    Decode 802.11 capture files (wireshark, pcap) containing wireless frames encrypted with WEP or WPA-PSK.
  20. Access (9x/2000/XP) Database Passwords Decoder
    Decodes the stored encrypted passwords for Microsoft Access Database files.
  21. Base64 Password Decoder
    Decodes Base64 encoded strings.
  22. Cisco Type-7 Password Decoder
    Decodes Cisco Type-7 passwords used in router and switches configuration files.
  23. Cisco VPN Client Password Decoder
    Decodes Cisco VPN Client passwords stored in connection profiles (*.pcf).
  24. VNC Password Decoder
    Decodes encrypted VNC passwords from the registry.
  25. Enterprise Manager Password Decoder
    Decodes passwords used by Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Manager (SQL 7.0 and 2000 supported).
  26. Remote Desktop Password Decoder
    Decodes passwords in Remote Desktop Profiles (.RPD files).
  27. PWL Cached Password Decoder
    Allows you to view all cached resources and relative passwords in clear text either from locked or unlocked password list files.
  28. Password Crackers
    Enables the recovery of clear text passwords scrambled using several hashing or encryption algorithms. All crackers support Dictionary and Brute-Force attacks.
  29. Cryptanalysis attacks
    Enables password cracking using the ‘Faster Cryptanalytic time – memory trade off’ method introduced by Philippe Oechslin. This cracking technique uses a set of large tables of pre calculated encrypted passwords, called Rainbow Tables, to improve the trade-off methods known today and to speed up the recovery of clear text passwords.
  30. WEP Cracker
    Performs Korek’s WEP Attack on capture 802.11 capture files containing WEP initialization vectors.
  31. Rainbowcrack-online client
    Enables password cracking by mean of the outstanding power of this on-line cracking service based on RainbowTable technology.
  32. NT Hash Dumper + Password History Hases (works with Syskey enabled)
    Will retrieve the NT password hash from the SAM file regardless of whether Syskey in enabled or not.
  33. Syskey Decoder
    Will retrieve the Boot Key used by the SYSKEY utility from the local registry or “off-line” SYSTEM files.
  34. MSCACHE Hashes Dumper
    Will retrieve the MSCACHE password hashes stored into the local registry.
  35. Wireless Zero Configuration Password Dumper
    Will retrieve the wireless keys stored by Windows Wireless Configuration Service.
  36. Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Password Extractor via ODBC
    Connects to an SQL server via ODBC and extracts all users and passwords from the master database.
  37. Oracle Password Extractor via ODBC
    Connects to an Oracle server via ODBC and extracts all users and passwords from the database.
  38. MySQL Password Extractor via ODBC
    Connects to an MySQL server via ODBC and extracts all users and passwords from the database.
  39. Box Revealer
    Shows passwords hidden behind asterisks in password dialog boxes.
  40. RSA SecurID Token Calculator
    Can calculate the RSA key given the tokens .ASC file.
  41. Hash Calculator
    Produces the hash values of a given text.
  42. TCP/UDP Table Viewer
    Shows the state of local ports (like netstat).
  43. TCP/UDP/ICMP Traceroute with DNS resolver and WHOIS client
    A improved traceroute that can use TCP, UDP and ICMP protocols and provides whois client capabilities.
  44. Cisco Config Downloader/Uploader (SNMP/TFTP)
    Downloads or uploads the configuration file from/to a specified Cisco device (IP or host name) given the SNMP read/write community string.

Abel features

  1. Remote Console
    Provides a remote system shell on the remote machine.
  2. Remote Route Table Manager
    Enable to manage the route table of the remote system.
  3. Remote TCP/UDP Table Viewer
    Shows the state of local ports (like netstat) on the remote system.
  4. Remote NT Hash Dumper + Password History Hases (works with Syskey enabled)
    Will retrieve the NT password hash from the SAM file regardless of whether Syskey in enabled or not; works on the Abel-side.
  5. Remote LSA Secrets Dumper
    Dumps the contents of the Local Security Authority Secrets present on the remote system.

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  1. umar | Apr 16, 2008 | Reply

    can i hack my friends dialup password i am using lan with pppoe conection i want to change my mac id but when i changed my mac id i can’t conected to the internet my isp creat mac address security can i bypass it thanks in advance

  2. steve | Jun 3, 2008 | Reply

    how can i obtain the password to wireless signals that i am picking up from my friends lap top with WEP secuity?

  3. Airowizard | Jul 7, 2008 | Reply

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  4. starla | Jul 27, 2008 | Reply


  5. Phil | Aug 11, 2008 | Reply

    How do you block Cain from accessing your passwords? Which port do you block so people can’t interfere with with you are dong???

  6. sikanrong | Oct 23, 2008 | Reply

    you know, my first instinct is to shoot this down because it’s totally a script-kiddie audit tool for windows, but I just can’t bring myself to do it since it pokes so much fun at christianity. Ahhhhh…. Sometimes life is full of hard decisions on what to love and hate. I have to say though, I’m impressed with the multitude of features.

  7. swimster | Feb 9, 2009 | Reply

    why is it called cain and abel

  8. david giorgianni | Apr 27, 2009 | Reply

    can I access a computer hotmail password that I have no access to that particular computer.thx.

  9. sar | Jun 17, 2009 | Reply

    HTTPS sites stop browsing on systems of network when i add them to APR,
    Please help

  10. ahmad | Oct 14, 2009 | Reply

    coz u hack your brother
    i mean the person whom u share the network with him
    without noticing him
    also u can spy on what website he browse

    its like killing
    cain and abel
    hope this useful 4 u

  11. oyun | Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I have to say though, I’m impressed with the multitude of features.

  12. Dragon | May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting name btw

  13. Bob | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    I’m really impressed!

  14. Andrew | Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    To all the commenters:
    Why do you ask questions here? Nobody above you has gotten a response, what makes you think you will?
    Anyways, Cain is a really great app, well maintaned as well, other than the constant crashes you experience that is…

  15. jim | Jul 7, 2010 | Reply

    can i hack the pppoe username and password that is required on a computer or a router to access internet???

  16. dev | Jul 8, 2010 | Reply

    hey i get some vague looking numbers and letters in username and password column in http when i do APR based attack….plz help me out

  17. Djim Abel | Jul 13, 2010 | Reply

    I know what the causes are when you try this application for public meanings hehe…

  18. vignesh | Aug 11, 2010 | Reply

    how can i obtain the password for secured wirelss network

  19. CISO | Aug 11, 2010 | Reply

    Scan your networks now, make sure your DNS servers are responding well,
    and make sure they do NOT answer to anyone at the world,
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  20. ali | Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I love hack

  21. Secure Wireless Internet | Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Always make sure your DNS servers are responding well and keep your wireless internet secured. As technology advances, so does its users. Business owners always need to keep their files and their customer information SAFE. New laws are coming out all the time warning with fines if your wireless internet is not secured.

  22. Alisha | Oct 12, 2010 | Reply

    how we can solve the problem of 67 problem occurs………… please help me soon……..

  23. eugene | Dec 11, 2010 | Reply

    umm i kinda wanna know how to hack a runescape account i know it sounds dumb but i really want my accounts back could i use this site for hacking?

  24. eugene | Dec 11, 2010 | Reply

    umm are thier any pros who know how to hack well if thier is can u please comment so i can ask you for help pleas? :) thxx

  25. in3vitibl3 | Dec 21, 2010 | Reply

    use backtrack 4

  26. Ash | Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    wireless lock on channel is not active, anyone know how to activate plz?

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