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Date: Tue, 03 May 2011 08:42:26 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: set_salt() using pointer


I have seen some formats just copy the pointer fed to set_salt() and 
this is now done in mskrb5 and (my versions of) the NET*LM formats, 
saving a memcpy(). I also recommended Dhiru to do the same to ssh but 
before this gets too far I'd like to get this confirmed: Is this a 
"supported" behaviour? I have a vague feeling this could break things 
(in the future if not now) unless officially supported and I can't find 
it "documented". From what I [think I] know about john's internal 
workings I guess it's fine.

There are plenty of other formats that could benefit from this too. For 
large salts this can make a significant boost.

Maybe a similar approach could be used in set_key() for formats that 
just use the key as-is and have a MAX_KEYS_PER_CRYPT of 1? I have not 
seen that in any existing format.


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