Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 03:56:29 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Bitcoin miner in JtR Hi, A crazy idea that I had for a while is that maybe JtR could have a config file option that would make it go into bitcoin mining mode after completion of a cracking run (maybe only after exceeding a configurable duration threshold, so that quick runs are not made inconvenient). This should be disabled by default. There would also need to be other bitcoin-related settings (pool to join, bitcoin address, something else? - I am not familiar with this, I never ran a miner myself). When bitcoin mining is explicitly enabled, but those other nearby settings are left unaltered, then maybe the generated bitcoins should be donated towards JtR development efforts. (We'd need a comment in john.conf near the main enable/disable setting clearly state that.) Once we have the code anyway, there would also need to be a way to invoke this mode on its own. Finally, there will need to be a compile-time way to disable this functionality (e.g., in case a system lacks TCP/IP networking functions in its libc). I don't intend to spend my own time implementing this, and I have mixed feelings about it (extra code, extra power consumption and heat), but if someone volunteers to do it and others in the community like the idea, we may do it (for jumbo only, perhaps). Alexander
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