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Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2010 05:06:17 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: [openwall-announce] new Owl ISOs; JtR news; books; another phpass article


As usual, this is a cumulative announcement for several things at once.
I'll start with the newest and most important (for us at least):

1. New ISO images and pre-created OpenVZ container templates of
Owl-current for i686 and x86-64 are available on our FTP mirrors.  The
ISOs are also available via direct download links on the Owl homepage:

We have once again updated Owl to use OpenVZ's latest kernel from their
"rhel5" branch, and we've switched to using RPM-packaged kernels, but in
a way allowing for easy non-packaged builds as well.  At the same time,
we've introduced support for the ext4 filesystem (in fact, it is now
offered by default for new installs), and we've improved CD bootup and
the installer ("settle") in numerous ways.  The packages of passwdqc,
strace, lftp, tcb, JtR, and Postfix have been updated to new versions,
and changes have been made to several other packages.  Please refer to
the more detailed announcement on owl-users:

and to the change log:

This new snapshot will also be available for purchase on CD (both i686
and x86-64) in a couple of days from now:

2. Speaking of John the Ripper, examples of how to crack SMTP's AUTH
CRAM-MD5 and LM and NTLM challenge/response exchanges have been posted
to the john-users mailing list: - SMTP AUTH CRAM-MD5 - LM and NTLM C/R

The jumbo patch is now up to revision 1.7.6-jumbo-6 (adding some
bugfixes), and it will be updated even further soon:

Petur Ingi Egilsson wrote a step-by-step guide entitled "John the Ripper
on a Ubuntu 10.04 MPI Cluster":

3. We've setup a web page with recommended computer security books (and more):

4. A short and very easy to follow article on introducing phpass
password hashing into an existing PHP application has been published on
the UE Developer website:


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