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Review the bruteLogin function on p. 58 of Ch. 2, "Penetration Testing with Python," of Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers.

You have been hired by a company to provide consultation on security and provide recommendations. Using Microsoft® Word, write a 1-page document explaining how the username and password are extracted from the password file. Describe what would happen if the script fails to open the password file.

Recommend and provide additional code that would better handle cases where the password file might not open.

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For this assignment you are asked to be a security consultant and give an explanation on how the user name and password were extracted, and how to improve the open() method. I would explain how the Python function 'split' works. As far as open goes, you do not need to include a .py file for me to run. I would first explain how you would use the try/except/else construct and give an example of it in your document. For example: """ Write a simple line to a file and read it back. """ try: file = open("myFile.txt", "w") file.write("This is the first line") except IOError: print "IO Error" else: print "File opened for write" file.close() try: file = open("aFile.txt", "r") contents = print contents except IOError: print "File not found" else: print "File opened for read" file.close() Please don't include the whole bruteLogin() method, just write some valid Python code around the open() method. Explain what is returned from the open() method and what happens if you do not check it. ...
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