Cracking may refer to:

  • Cracking, the formation of a fracture or partial fracture in a solid material
    • Performing a sternotomy
  • Fluid catalytic cracking, a catalytic process widely used in oil refineries for cracking large hydrocarbon molecules into smaller molecules
  • Cracking (chemistry), the decomposition of complex organic molecules into smaller ones
  • Cracking joints, the practice of manipulating one's bone joints to make a sharp sound
  • Cracking codes, see cryptanalysis
  • Whip cracking
  • Safe cracking

In computing:

  • Password cracking, the process of discovering the plaintext of an encrypted computer password
  • Cracking, the defeating of security devices in computer networks
  • Software cracking, the defeating of software copy protection

Other articles related to "cracking":

Season Cracking
... Season cracking is a form of stress-corrosion cracking of brass cartridge cases originally reported from British forces in India ... metal of the cartridges, was responsible for the cracking ... Season cracking is characterised by deep brittle cracks which penetrate into affected components ...
Cracking Under Pressure
... Cracking Under Pressure is a studio album by the Iron City Houserockers ... Cracking Under Pressure was the Iron City Houserockers' fourth and final album under the moniker (changed slightly) and also their final album released under MCA ... Also unlike previous albums, Cracking Under Pressure included several cover songs "Loving Cup" by Earth Quake and "Hit the Road Jack" by Percy Mayfield ...
Network Encryption Cracking
... Network encryption cracking is the breaching of network encryptions (e.g ... through the use of a special encryption cracking software ...
Cracking Of Wireless Networks
... Cracking is a kind of attack that is also known as intrusion ... is often used by the popular media when cracking is meant ... This article not only covers the cracking of wireless networks in detail, it also covers the subsequent cracking of all 'wireless' and 'wired' computers of a local-area network ...

Famous quotes containing the word cracking:

    All round and round does the world lie as in a sharp-shooter’s ambush, to pick off the beautiful illusions of youth, by the pitiless cracking rifles of the realities of age.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    I also heard the whooping of the ice in the pond, my great bed-fellow in that part of Concord, as if it were restless in its bed and would fain turn over, were troubled with flatulency and bad dreams; or I was waked by the cracking of the ground by the frost, as if some one had driven a team against my door, and in the morning would find a crack in the earth a quarter of a mile long and a third of an inch wide.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)