Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:58:38 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: announce@...ts.openwall.com Subject: [openwall-announce] community wiki; notable ElcomSoft product changes; mod_auth_mysql with support for phpass Hi, This is to announce several assorted items at once. I intend to post another announcement shortly, focusing on new JtR releases, so I have left those out of this one. 1. A while ago, we've setup the Openwall community wiki: http://openwall.info The idea is to have a wiki "namespace" for each of our major projects, maybe resembling the structure of the main Openwall website - e.g., we have namespaces for Owl and John the Ripper. Users of our software and Openwall team members can populate those namespaces with relevant content. If you have something relevant to share, please register for a wiki account and edit away! Some content is already in place, including a table of John the Ripper benchmarks on various hardware: http://openwall.info/wiki/john/benchmarks The fastest system in the table is currently based on a Q6700 CPU running a 64-bit Linux distribution. This one achieves an equivalent of just over 2.5 million of traditional DES-based crypt(3) checks per second per core, but since this CPU is quad-core, this translates to over 10 million of checks per second per CPU chip, with proper parallelization. The slowest is an iPod, which does around one thousand of traditional crypt(3)'s per second. If you have a system substantially different from those listed, please submit your results. Other wiki pages within John the Ripper namespace include a page on simple approaches to parallelization and on existing efforts to introduce parallel processing and distributed processing into JtR: http://openwall.info/wiki/john/parallelization (primarily written by RB), a page with most useful and currently relevant excerpts from john-users mailing list: http://openwall.info/wiki/john/mailing-list-excerpts and a page with instructions on how to extract tarballs and apply John the Ripper source code patches: http://openwall.info/wiki/john/how-to-extract-tarballs-and-apply-patches There's also a page on how to make and submit source code patches for Openwall software, not limited to JtR: http://openwall.info/wiki/how-to-make-patches Finally, we're using the community wiki to record and "export" some of Openwall team's internal conventions, as well as tips & tricks: http://openwall.info/wiki/internal So far, pages in the "internal" namespace include those on VIM, Mutt, and ezmlm-idx settings and usage tips & tricks, and a few more. I'd like to thank (GalaxyMaster) for setting up and administering the wiki, and many others for their work on the content. Please do join us on this community wiki! 2. The Openwall website section on password recovery has been updated with information on recent ElcomSoft product changes: http://www.openwall.com/passwords/ The most notable changes are as follows: Enterprise Edition of Advanced Office Password Breaker now includes a DVD with pre-computed hash tables ("rainbow tables"), which enables it to unlock 99.5% of Word documents in less than a minute. Enterprise Edition of Advanced PDF Password Recovery now includes revised pre-computed hash tables on the DVD (improving upon the "rainbow tables" technique), for 100% success rate at recovering "40-bit" PDF passwords in a matter of minutes. Professional Edition of Advanced EFS Data Recovery is now able to locate master and private keys in deleted files, and often also on re-formatted disks and overwritten Windows installs, scanning the disk sector-by-sector and using patterns to locate the keys. The corresponding web pages are: http://www.openwall.com/passwords/microsoft-office http://www.openwall.com/passwords/adobe-pdf http://www.openwall.com/passwords/microsoft-windows-ntfs-efs 3. A patched version of mod_auth_mysql with support for our PHP password hashing framework's (phpass) portable hashes has been added to the contributed resources list on the phpass homepage: http://www.openwall.com/phpass/ This one was indirectly contributed by Nikolay. Alexander Peslyak <solar at openwall.com> GPG key ID: 5B341F15 fp: B3FB 63F4 D7A3 BCCC 6F6E FC55 A2FC 027C 5B34 1F15 http://www.openwall.com - bringing security into open computing environments
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