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Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked

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"[...] uses six words from a dictionary of 2048 [...]"

Presumably the set of 20148 words are chosen by each implementation - rather than being prescribed by the RFC?

Without access to the details of that "unique" set then cracking it has to assume a much larger dictionary of possibilities. However - a subscriber could repeatedly request new passwords and thus map the permissible set to some extent.

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