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Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 15:18:21 -0500
From: "JFoug" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: Was [john-users] Plugin formats "released"

Now that this has been released, I plan on basing any upcoming patches I 
make, against this 'plugin version' of the jumbo.

As it was released by magnum, could easily be a jumbo-3 (with a change to 
params.h and any docs), with no functionality change, but simply converting 
into the 'plugin' format.

magnum and I have been working on the plugin format's for a while, and feel 
comfortable that they are working well. It really makes life so much easier 
for people working on existing or especially new formats.  Once this rolls 
out, most of the jumbo formats simply are named in a special way, and that 
is it.  There is NO patching of the makefile to add any new .o file.  There 
is no patching (in 2 places) of john.c to properly load in the format.  The 
change to options was removed a couple jumbo's ago (thanks to magnum), so 
that 3rd item has already been removed.  Thus now, simply name a format to 
*_fmt_plug.c and it will 'work' if it contains the proper stuff on the 

This makes it very trivial to take an existing format, copy the .c file, 
change the starting signature a little, and work on the format, while at the 
same time, keeping the original format running.  Works great for trying out 
performanace enhancements. Also works wonderful to simply send someone else 
a .c file by itself, and have it build and work correctly, by them just 
putting the .c file into ./src and running make.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "magnum" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2011 9:47 AM
Subject: [john-users] Plugin formats "released"

> Solar, all,
> I have just posted an alternate 1.7.8-jumbo-2 tarball to the wiki at
> This patch does not add or
> remove *any* functionality to the compiled binary, but it converts most
> jumbo formats to plugins. The resulting binary is almost exactly the
> same as one produced with the official jumbo-2 (I believe they would
> have got the same md5sum if it wasn't for the fact we collect the
> plugins with a file glob, whereas the old order was hardcoded).
> A plugin format can be released as a single file, called NAME_fmt_plug.c
> and there is no need for patching john.c or Makefile. Just drop the file
> in the src directory and recompile.

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