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Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 12:14:03 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: word length rules

On Fri, Jan 12, 2007 at 12:36:10PM -0500, Raymond Geiger wrote:
> Now, I KNOW this pw is probably at least 12 characters...  Does Salt SHA1
> shrink it down to 8, or does it support longer passwords?

The latter.

> Am I wasting my time trying it with the default length parameters?

It depends on how sure you are that the password is longer than 8
characters (you wrote "probably").

> Should I run john in a different mode than incremental,

If you're sure that the password is longer than 8 characters, then yes.

> or do I need to split the hash,

You can't split this hash.  For the few hash types that allow for that,
JtR does it on its own.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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