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Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:55:12 +0400
From: Alexander Cherepanov <>
Subject: Re: Endianity in input files

On 2013-04-14 10:06, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 05:31:23PM +0200, magnum wrote:
>> I did some testing of *2john programs on big-endian and noticed a problem that might be wide-spread: zip2john produces infiles that can only be cracked with a same-endian build of John. That is, some of the hex fields (integers) are in machine's endianness.
> Ouch.  I am not surprised, though.
>> This is not a huge problem but we might want to fix it (in bleeding?). I think all hex fields should be LE regardless of arch.
> I agree.
>> OTOH if we change it, we break backwards compatibility on BE archs.
> Maybe we need to introduce new/revised $-prefixes for the affected
> formats, to indicate that they're now reliably LE.  Print a warning for
> the old ones.

If $-prefixes are to be revised maybe they could be simplified at the 
same time.

Alexander Cherepanov

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