Decrypt Mysql Passwords
Information and findings on how to Decrypt Mysql Passwords
Our expert Mathew Warner goes over a few things about MySQL passwords. If your more interested in strictly WordPress stuff we got a section for that too here: http://md5live.com/
We start off with 1-way encryption. 1-way encryptions pretty much use salts. A salt is just something thrown into the password to make it harder to guess. For example if your password was “password” and the salt was “hello” it would combine them like “hellopassword” then encrypt that. So even if you did manage to find a collision in the hash (another password that resulted in the same hash) you would not know where the salt ended and the password began or it would be entirely wrong.
This really adds a LOT of security to your passwords by doing this making them very hard to crack. However nothing is impossible. Assuming by MySQL password we are NOT talking about passwords that are stored in a MySQL database by various things like forums, or your own website but the actual username/password to access the database in the first place allowing you to insert, view, drop, add, ect to the MySQL databases.
Someone could also use SQL injection to hack into a website or database. Granted this method is less effective now-a-days considering measures are taken against it, but their are always aged systems and what not out there that can still be taken advantage of.
Below is a quote from: http://www.tizag.com/
SQL injection refers to the act of someone inserting a MySQL statement to be run on your database without your knowledge. Injection usually occurs when you ask a user for input, like their name, and instead of a name they give you a MySQL statement that you will unknowingly run on your database.