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Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:39:04 +0200
From: Frank Dittrich <>
Subject: Re: Some more external mode definitions

On 07/20/2012 08:06 PM, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 07:27:00PM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote:
>> The first patch creates new [List.External:Repeats_*] sections, similar
>> to [List.External:Repeats], but with a limited character set.
>> Repeats_digits: '0' - '9'
>> Repeats_lowercase: 'a' - 'z'
>> Repeats_printable_ASCII: ' ' - '~'
>> The common logic has been moved into [List.External_base:Repeats].
> I don't mind, but I felt that Repeats was quick enough as it was, except
> maybe for very slow hashes/ciphers - but in those rare cases you'd
> probably want to reduce the length first / as well.

I just thought that printable characters are more likely, and it saves
more than 50% of the run time. I intended to use it for slow hashes.
The maximum length is not that much of a problem for me, because for
slow hashes, I intend to interrupt the session when the length has
reached the maximum supported length of the format (e.g., 27 for mscash2).
BTW: I should try to write a patch which makes the max. password length
(for the format, or specified using --stdout=LENGTH) available in
external modes.
Then, the external mode could stop if the length exceeds the max. length.

Without these new external modes, you could also use --stdout and grep
for the characters you want to include / exclude, and use a word list
file instead.
This would even have the advantage to use just the missing characters in
a repeated run, whereas with the external mode, you'd have to use all
the characters from ' ' to 0xff.

So may be it really isn't worth adding these external modes.

>> The second patch adds a simple Rot13 filter, [List.External:Filter_Rot13].
>> Words that don't contain any letters (and would remain unchanged after
>> applying rot13) are skipped (word = 0).
> Please document this detail in a comment.

OK, new patch attached instead of the old one.
(For me it would be obvious to skip unchanged words which probably
should have been tried before trying mangled words.)


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