There are many password-cracking tools out there, but one of the mainstays has always been John the Ripper. It’s a powerful piece of software that can be configured and used in many different ways. Metasploit actually contains a little-known module version of JTR that can be used to quickly crack weak passwords, so let’s explore it in an attempt to save precious time and effort.

We will be using an unpatched version Windows 7 as the target, so if you have a copy lying around, feel free to use it. The method of exploitation doesn’t matter so much here, as long as you can get a Meterpreter… more

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