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Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 22:42:08 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Incremental mode VS specific rules mode

On Wed, Jan 03, 2007 at 07:53:51PM +0100, websiteaccess wrote:
>  BAD: incremental test all possibility ! Even with a to z, it can take
> really long time (especially for passwords with more than 10 characters)

This is actually an advantage.  With other cracking modes, when JtR
terminates but you want it to try harder, you have to spend your time on
configuring things differently (e.g., define more wordlist rules).

The important thing is that the order in which "incremental" mode tries
its candidate passwords is very reasonable (despite of it being capable
of trying all possible character combinations), as evidenced by your
results that show both wordlist with rules and "incremental" mode crack
comparable numbers of passwords in comparable time.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
GPG key ID: 5B341F15  fp: B3FB 63F4 D7A3 BCCC 6F6E  FC55 A2FC 027C 5B34 1F15 - bringing security into open computing environments

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