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Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:14:57 +0530
From: Dhiru Kholia <>
Subject: Re: Cracking PuTTY private keys with JtR

On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 12:54 AM, magnum <> wrote:
> On 2012-08-06 18:43, Dhiru Kholia wrote:
>> I have added support for cracking PuTTY password protected private
>> keys to JtR. My code is based on
>> by michu.
> Excellent, you spray formats like a Gatling gun! I have a suggestion
> though: IMHO this format should be called "putty" instead of ppk (unless
> there are other possible putty formats?).

Agreed. I will rename it from "ppk" to "putty".

> And several of your other
> recent formats are totally unkown to me, with abbreviations like sxc, nk
> and  pfx. In several cases, a tad longer format label would much more
> self-descriptive.

This means that I am simply not good at picking up names ;).
Suggestions are welcome.

"nk" can be called nuked_clan. Ideally, sxc and odf plug-ins should be
combined into a single format (I have been lazy about doing it

> And even more important, the FORMAT_NAME should be *much* more
> descriptive. I have a vague memory pfx is something very common, but it
> just says "pfx" even in FORMAT_NAME and I just don't know what it is
> without searching list archives.

I will add more descriptive FORMAT_NAME for pfx format (and others)
soon. Thanks for the feedback!


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