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Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:23:03 -0500
From: "jfoug" <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: bleeding-jumbo and contest edition fail to recognize cracked dynamic_21 hashes

I have found the issue here (I hope).  Recently added, was writing hashes
out in a salt-safe manner, within dynamic. This was done to work around some
known issues, such as \n : $ NULL, or other naughty characters being
contained within the salt field, causing JtR's string handling and field
splitting functions to fail.

Well, there were 2 places within loader which required changes.  One was in
load_pot_line() the other (which was not done), as in show_pot_line().  I am
not sure why the 2 functions, but I had only added code to the

This also affects the j7 release candidate  I have made some changes here

I may need to talk to magnum offline a little, to figure out just how to
push this out. It may be best if I make a patch for j7-rc, for jumbo, and
for bleeding.  Unfortunately, I think that all of these may have some
collision issues, especially within the loader code, which is different
between the versions.


>From: jfoug []
>This was the $HEX$ fix (un-hex) which people reverted out, because it
>was causing some problem with -show=left, or something like that.  I
>have not gotten back on this.
>>From: Frank Dittrich []
>>I can reproduce this with and with bleeding-jumbo, but not
>>with magnum-jumbo or john-1.7.9-jumbo-6-fixes.
>>When I just run
>>./john hashes-4.dynamic_21.txt
>>john starts cracking and soon cracks the first hash for
>>(password: edFox) in single mode.
>>When I interrupt, and repeat the same command, john should find at
>>least the last hash being cracked, but it doesn't.
>>john --show also shows 0 cracked.
>>But the hash is correctly stored in john.pot.
>>After repeating this experiment several times, I have exactly the same
>>line in john.pot for each new test.

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