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Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 06:47:10 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: cracking hashes obtained with Login Recovery's boot disk

This question was originally posted under a previous discussion's
Subject, so I've changed the Subject on this response.

This question is barely on topic, but I'll respond this one time.

On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 11:23:27AM +0530, rushi harkal wrote:
> i get hashs frm

For those who don't know - this is an online Windows password recovery
service.  They offer free download of a boot disk image (floppy or CD)
that dumps the hashes.  Then they crack the hashes for you - there's a
free&slow and a non-free&fast option.

> & i wan my own decrypter that i can get
> pass instantly please give me direction

John the Ripper does not crack Windows password hashes instantly -
although it will get most passwords really quick in practice.  What you
might be looking for is a rainbow tables based cracker such as Ophcrack
or RainbowCrack:

Apparently, Login Recovery's boot disks output hashes in a format
slightly different from pwdump output format that most password crackers
including John the Ripper accept - so trivial format conversion will be
needed first (manual or with a script).

What is your reason to misuse Login Recovery's boot disks like that,
though?  Perhaps it'd be easier to either use pwdump2 and JtR or use a
password changing boot disk such as this one:

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
GPG key ID: B35D3598  fp: 6429 0D7E F130 C13E C929  6447 73C3 A290 B35D 3598 - bringing security into open computing environments

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