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Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 09:50:35 -0800
From: Big Wave Dave <>
Subject: Re: bob the butcher distributed password cracker

A similar application already exists called "djohn" (distributed
john).  You may want to look into it.  I found the author's site to be
down, but was able to track the source code elsewhere.


On 12/22/05, Simon Marechal <> wrote:
> Hello,
>         As some people would like to see a distributed password cracker, i post
> here a link to this tool i wrote to just do that (and more).
>         You can download it there:
>         The name is a reference to john, because i ripped the format files and
> ciphers code.
>         For now it quite sucks. It's buggy, and lacks the following features:
>         * smart password generation algorithm. It just brutes forces all
> passwords from a to z. Currently a single computer running john is more
> likely to crack passwords than 10 computers running bob.
>         * salts based mutualisation. The goal of this project is to provide a
> single platform to crack multiple passwords / hash files at the same
> time. A good optimization would be to aggregate all of them based on
> cipher types and salts.
>         I hope this post is not (totally) off topic, and that some brave
> testers will iron it out. It only works on x86 mmx (linux / cygwin) for
> now and requires libevent. Moreover, if somebody understands why the
> ripped DES code doesn't work for x86 without mmx, that would be great.
>         Final warning : this is ALPHA, I wrote it, and there is a network
> daemon. Only use it on a trusted network.
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