How to Gain SSH Access to Servers by Brute-Forcing Credentials

SSH is one of the most common protocols in use in modern IT infrastructures, and because of this, it can be a valuable attack vector for hackers. One of the most reliable ways to gain SSH access to servers is by brute-forcing credentials. There are a few methods of performing an SSH brute-force attack that will ultimately lead to the discovery of valid login credentials. While not the only ways to do so, we'll be exploring tools such as Metasploit, Hydra, and the Nmap Scripting Engine in Nmap to accomplish this task, all of which are included in Kali Linux. As for the target, we will be... more