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Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 20:16:18 +0200
From: Frank Dittrich <>
Subject: Re: Additions to JtR rules, arbitrary characters

On 05/19/2012 11:07 PM, wrote:
> I have had need for a while to insert arbitrary characters into JtR rules.
> I have made a couple of changes in rpp.c, which will now allow this.

Your patched doc/RULES text mentions $\x10 as a rule to append a newline

I also noticed that appending a newline character cracked several
raw-md5 hashes from

BTW: This is another indication that these hashes contain many fakes
where people probaby used
$ echo "password"|md5sum -
instead of
$echo -n "password"|md5sum -

I used an external mode to append a newline character .

Cracking these hashes with such an external mode or with a rule $\x10
and your patched rpp.c works.
However, john.pot will also contain these newline characters.
This results in john --show reporting wrong cracked passwords, unique
removing "duplicate" empty lines, and so on.

I'm not sure how much effort should be spent supporting such faked hashes.
Can/should we try to add new options/values to john --show and/or unique?
Or is this just not worth the effort, because these passwords will never
be needed to crack real password hashes?


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