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Why You Should Know About Brute Force Methods in C++

Why You Should Know About Brute Force Methods in C++

In this article, you’ll learn what the Brute Force Method is and how we can use the Proof By Exhaustion Method. What are Proof by Case and Proof by Analysis? How can we implement the Brute Force Method in C++? How can we protect our servers from Brute Force Attacks? By learning all of these, you will be able to create C++ applications with the help of C++ software.

What is the Brute Force Method?

The Brute Force Method is a method of mathematical proof in which the statement to be proved is split into a finite number of cases or sets of equivalent cases, these each unique cases are checked to see if the proposition in question holds in all cases, if all case variations satisfy then we can say all is provided and this statement is true or false. The Brute Force Method also known as proof by exhaustion, proof by cases, proof by case analysis, complete induction.

The Brute Force is a method of direct proof and contains two stages,

  1. A proof that the set of cases is exhaustive (i.e. each instance of the statement to be proved matches the conditions of one of the cases) .
  2. A proof of each of the cases

What is the Brute Force Method used for?

Computational technology brings high speed and a lot of good things to calculate many cases in problems. The Brute Force method can be used to check all variations in these kind of problems. In general, in a Brute Force Method there is no limit but in usage there is a limit in most cases. For example all moves in some games (tic-tac-toe, chess, go, etc.) can be checked in limits of movement depth, otherwise there are a lot of variations to check each moves. This may cost a lot of time to calculate moves. Because of this, we have better methods to calculate this kind of games. Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Logic, Branch Tree Methods, ANN CNN , RNN and other methods of AI Technologies. But note that this method is robust than any other methods, because all variations are checked. Other methods are faster and very successful but remember that they also neglects some moves in some depths

What is the dark side of the Brute Force Method?

Computer technology can also bring some bad things like Brute-Force Attacks in Cryptography, This is known as an Exhaustive Key Search. The Brute Force Attack consists of an attacker submitting many cases (i.e passwords or passphrases) with the hope to find a case which is satisfying or dissatisfying the condition. In an example, the attacker systematically checks all possible passwords and passphrases until the correct one is found. Alternatively, the attacker can attempt to guess the key which is typically created from the password using a key derivation function. Today servers, databases and many applications area capable to reject after few attempts failed to prevent these kind of attacks.

Is a Brute Force Attack always a bad thing?

Brute Force Attacks can be used in good ways too. For example if you have very important old code files zipped and you want to use them but you don’t remember the password. You can use this method to bring them back. Knowing unsafe parts of your systems or apps are also good to make more secure systems. You can check your system vulnerability against those Brute Force attacks.

C++ is a great programming language with a fast execution time. You can try many variations in all problems in few seconds by using the Brute Force Methods. The function of a Brute Force Method is a recursive function that branches to each variations. Here is a very simple Brute Force Method to generate different text variations.

This Brute Force function can be used for 5 character string tests as below,

What other uses are there for the Brute Force Method?

This Brute Force function can be used for 1 to 5 character string tests as below,

As you see we can use this method to check all variations of problems. Here we checked all characters of maximum 5 length strings. This can be used to do research on diseases, viral variations, on games to test different variations, on creating perfect levels, puzzles, mapping 2D 3D maps and checking our agents, algorithms, functions, methods or for other all good things.

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33+ years of coding with more than 30+ programming languages, mostly C++ on Windows, Android, Mac-OS, iOS, Linux and some other operating systems. Dr. Yilmaz Yoru was born in 1974, Eskisehir-Turkey. He graduated from the department of Mechanical Engineering of Eskisehir Osmangazi University in 1997. One year later he started to work in the same university as an assistant. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the same department of the same university. He has married and he is a father of a son. Some of his interests are Programming, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Artificial Intelligence. He also likes the graphical 2D & 3D design and high-end innovations.
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