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Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 08:14:39 +0530
Subject: Re: JtR: GPU for slow hashes

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM, Solar Designer <> wrote:

> Hi Sayantan,
> On Sun, Apr 01, 2012 at 08:57:00PM +0530, SAYANTAN DATTA wrote:
> > I was looking at the code but was unable to
> understand
> > the use of int binary_hash_x(void *binary) and the int get_hash_x(int
> > index) functions properly.
> > More specifically why are there so many functions for each of the above
> > type in the cuda code.
> This is not specific to the CUDA code, it is part of the formats
> interface.  First, binary_hash*() functions return hash values (suitable
> as indices into hash tables) for the provided binary ciphertexts (full
> hashes loaded for cracking and already converted to binary).  Then,
> during cracking get_hash*() functions return compatible hash values
> (suitable as indices into the same hash tables) for computed hashes
> (that correspond to candidate passwords being tested).  There are many
> functions of each kind because there are many hash table sizes that we
> can use (depending on the number of hashes loaded for cracking).
> binary_hash*() are not performance-critical (they may affect startup
> time only).  In fact, in the next revision of the formats interface I am
> likely to combine them into one function that will accept the desired
> size as an extra argument.
> get_hash*() are performance-critical (they're used during cracking if a
> hash count threshold for hash table use is reached).  The use of many
> separate functions provides a little bit of speedup (specialized code).
> >   It would be very helpful if you could give an example use of the above
> > two functions.
> You don't need to use them - you provide them for the rest of JtR to
> use.  That said, you may see binary_hash*() called from loader.c:
> ldr_init_hash_for_salt().  This function also sets salt->index to point
> to the right get_hash*() function.  The latter is called from cracker.c:
> crk_password_loop().
> Alexander
> P.S. On your replies, please try to quote relevant context only (but do
> quote some).

Hi Alexander,

I think the concept of get_hash() and binary_hash() is clear.The bit length
of the indices returned would vary as the number of hashes stored in the
table increases.As for example a two bit index is sufficient if the hash
table has only four hashes to store(just an example).

*I have one more doubt though.The full ASCII ciphertext has a format
hash as hexstring".Now while converting this ascii ciphertext to binary ,do
we convert only the "128bit hash as hexstring" to binary or the entire
ciphertext. *

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