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Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:42:59 +0200
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: GECOS + single mode problem in JtR

On 24 Sep, 2012, at 16:17 , Dhiru Kholia <> wrote:

> vmsdump file (attached) has the actual passwords in the GECOS field.
> However, john still fails to crack the hashes. Any ideas why?
> After manually extracting the passwords from the GECOS field and using
> them as input dictionary, john successfully cracks all the hashes.
> Is single cracking mode broken?

From a quick look I believe it properly cracks all ASCII plaintexts. The input file is in ISO-8859 format. How are 8-bit characters handled by this format? This may or may not be just an incorrectly made test file.


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