brute force

Definition

Electronics

  • An approach that relies on power at the expense of efficiency and ingenuity. For instance, in attempting to crack a password, this method may involve trying every possible combination of characters. An alternate approach might incorporate statistical analysis and sophisticated algorithms. Nonetheless, a secure encryption system must, among other things, have enough possible combinations to make certain that a brute-force attack is not feasible. Also called brute-force technique.
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