Examples of Kali Linux Hydra Tool

Hydra is a pre-installed tool in Kali Linux used to brute-force username and password to different services such as ftp, ssh, telnet, MS-SQL etc. Brute-force is a technique to try different username and password against a target to identify correct credentials. Below is the list of all protocols supported by hydra.


Check usage of Hydra by using of below command:

#hydra -h


 To brute-force ssh username and password

Create a username and password list to enumerate a target by using hydra automation tool. You can access wordlist in a directory by using below command.

cd /usr/share/wordlists


-l: input login

-L: list of username

-p: single password

-P: list of passwords

#hydra <Target_IP> ssh -l <username> -P <password_file> -s 22 -vV
#hydra <Target_IP> ssh -l <username> -p <password> -s 22 -vV

 To brute-force FTP username and password

#hydra -L <username_file> -P <password_file> ftp://<Target_IP>
#hydra -l <username> -p <password> ftp://<Target_IP>


 To brute-force telnet username and password

#hydra -l <username> -p <password> telnet://<Target_IP>


Mitigation to avoid brute-force attack of username and password 

Implementing account lockout, captcha implementation, complex password, two-factor authentication, hardware-based token authentication etc. are some of the techniques of avoiding brute-force attack on the target.

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