We updated Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor with support for Intel Arc family of graphics cards, Intel’s cost-efficient entry to discrete GPU market.
Faster password recovery with Intel Xe graphics cards
Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor makes use of the massively parallel GPU units to offload computationally intensive parts of the attack onto the video card. In this release, the tool gained support for Intel’s first generation of discrete graphics cards based on the company’s Xe architecture. Support for Intel Arc boards enables administrators to audit weak Wi-Fi passwords in a cost-efficient way.
The WPA2 standard specifies the minimum length of 8 characters for Wi-Fi passwords, making brute-force attacks unfeasible. However, real passwords are often comprised of single or concatenated dictionary words with few modifications. Such passwords are much easier to break and are a serious security risk. Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor implements a wide range of smart attacks based on dictionaries and variations of dictionary words. The tool performs attacks targeting the human factor, ensuring that dictionary words are altered and combined in a manner similar to how a real human would choose their password. These attacks allow quickly discovering weak passwords with inadequate protection.
Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor attacks are hardware accelerated, utilizing high-performance GPU units available in today’s video cards to achieve the maximum possible recovery speeds. We are implementing support for the Intel Xe GPU architecture built into the Intel Arc family of graphics cards, Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor becoming the first product supporting the new architecture. We benchmarked an Intel Arc A380 graphics card with the following results:
While the A380 is Intel’s entry-level Xe board, the higher-spec models such as the A750 and A770 may deliver three to four times the performance of the A380 according to the official specifications.
Elcomsoft Wireless Security Auditor 7.51 Release Notes