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Fellow Pen-testers:

Version 1.5 of Medusa is now available for public download.

What is Medusa? Medusa is a speedy, massively parallel, modular, login brute-forcer for network services created by the geeks at It currently has modules for the following services: AFP, CVS, FTP, HTTP, IMAP, MS-SQL, MySQL, NCP (NetWare), NNTP, PcAnywhere, POP3, PostgreSQL, rexec, rlogin, rsh, SMB, SMTP (AUTH/VRFY), SNMP, SSHv2, SVN, Telnet, VmAuthd, VNC. It also includes a basic web form module and a generic wrapper module for external scripts.

While Medusa was designed to serve the same purpose as THC-Hydra, there are several significant differences. For a brief comparison, see:

It’s been over a year since version 1.4 was released and there has been a bunch of changes. This release includes multiple bug fixes, several new modules and additional module functionality. The following is a quick rundown on some of the new features. A somewhat detailed report is available here:

* AFP – new module (still marked as unstable)
* HTTP – digest auth support
* SMBNT – LM, LMv2, NTLMv2 support
* SMTP – NTLM support
* TELNET – AS/400 (TN5250) support
* misc. core and module bug fixes

Finally, the main documentation and actual files are located here:

Medusa was developed on Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD. Some limited testing has been done on other platforms/distributions (OpenBSD, Debian, Ubuntu, Darwin, Mac OS X, Solaris). If people wish to contribute patches to fix portability issues, I’d be happy to accept them. There are probably lots of bugs which have yet to surface. Please let me know if you encounter issues, fix a bug or just find the application useful.