Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:40:44 +0300 From: Alexander Cherepanov <ch3root@...nwall.com> To: john-dev@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Advice on proposal: John the Ripper jumbo robustness On 2015-03-17 18:43, Kai Zhao wrote: > Hi there, below is the link of my proposal on the project: John the Ripper > jumbo robustness > improvements > > http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/public/google/gsoc2015/zhaokai/5629499534213120 [skip] > I would appreciate it if you can give me some advice on this proposal. I've take a look at your updated proposal. Here are some thoughts: - I don't think that "Test with increased LINE_BUFFER_SIZE" is worth to be a separate item -- just always fuzz with increased LINE_BUFFER_SIZE (unless it degrades performance); - perhaps add General cleaning and hardening builds instead; - fuzzing in the first item of your timeline is with AFL? If so it's better to mention it (as opposed to custom fuzzer); - if put a custom fuzzer after AFL and propose to spend a lot of time on it I think it's better explain what do you think about and why custom fuzzer will be better. The idea was to switch from the existing custom fuzzer to AFL. It could very well be that a more advanced custom fuzzer will be much better but this idea will benefit from some explanation; - maybe adjust dates to better match gsoc timeline (e.g. "29 August" in your proposal vs. "28 August" in ); - probably mention that the project will benefit from availability of GPUs (improving the robustness of GPU formats).  https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/events/google/gsoc2015 -- Alexander Cherepanov
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