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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:18:43 +0100
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Should several more hash formats be changed from using
 hex to base64 before releasing unstable and bleeding?

On 2014-01-09 00:41, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> The only format with extra long hashes using base64 is wpapsk.
> OK, these are longer than 2000 characters even with base64 encoding. Due
> to a huge number of '.' characters, we could probably make the hashes
> smaller by adding compression;)

We use the .hccap format HashCat introduced, so we can't change it. At 
least all those dots make it somewhat readable compared to the same 
amount of hex data.

I like using hex for hashes but I think we should always use Base64 for 
data longer than, say, 2048 bits/512 bytes for new formats. Changing old 
formats is less important and no RoI.


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