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Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 10:37:16 +0100
From: Simon Marechal <>
Subject: Re: Decrypting DES passwords shows only the first 8

Jan Meier wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a password file with DES encrypted passwords which I want to
> decrypt with john. The problem is that john shows the passwords up to 8
> characters and if the password is longer than 8 characters the plain
> output is cut. For example if the password is: blahfu1978 john shows
> blahfu19. Why are the passwords cut? I think it is strange that john shows
> the first 8 characters (which are part of the password) but not the rest.

Try to log in using only the 8 first characters. You'll notice this
works. Traditionnal DES cuts passwords, so there is no use increasing
their length.

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