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Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2009 19:30:10 +0200
From: Bucsay Balázs <>
Subject: Re: Re: GI John


Thanks :)
Your work is interesting too, because of the inc.c solution :) I didnt
thought on it.

Like bartavelle wrote, the djohn, isnt too good... And the Elcomsoft's
cracker isnt for free :)

Btw the way, if anybody is willing to make a GPU/PS3 cracker, I can make
a framework for communicate with the server...

Balázs Bucsay

noah williamsson wrote:
> Hi,
>> Hello!
>> Finally I can publish my distributed patch for john. Its seems to
>> working, i hope it will be stable in the future, when more people will
>> use it.
>> You can download it from here:
>> Every info what you need, is readable from the faq section, but if you
>> have some problem, you can reach me, by my e-mail address.
>> The patch only works with the original john and the website.
> Interesting work!
> I've been running something quite similar since 2004, though it never
> went public until 2008.
> Based on John's incremental engine (inc.c) we created a program that
> allowed us to feed the cracking engine an initial state, move N
> iterations forward and return the new state.
> The new state could then be fed as an initial state for the next run
> of the program.
> This allowed us to create "work items" that could be distributed among
> participating clients.
> Those work items were pretty much like restore points (i.e, john
> -recover) but more precise and finite.
> The client software was a modified version of John the Ripper v1.6
> that had hooks at various places so it could fetch "work items" (i.e,
> hashes and wordlist or incremental mode state) and report back any
> cracked hashes.
> It used libcurl to talk to a web service that generated work items,
> managed "jobs" (a list of hashes) and distributed these work items to
> the clients based on the jobs' priorities. Other modifications were
> SIMD optimizations to some hash functions, notably FreeBSD MD5 and
> support for SMP in a way similar to what you seem to have done in GI
> John (only had a very quick look though).
> The web service supported both incremental mode of various charsets
> aswell as wordlist cracking.
> During the late summer of 2008 I did a complete rewrite of the service
> backend, the web frontend and the hooks in John the Ripper (now based
> on 1.7.2).
> The SMP- and wordlist support was lost in the process and never
> implemented again, mainly due to nice summer weather. ;)
> Somewhat abandoned but very much functional, it's available at
> The source code modifications to John are available at
> (john 1.7.2 +
> jumbo patch + web service stuff)
> Most modifications are in src/{webapi,inc,john}.c IIRC. The work
> item-generator is available in backend/.
> The Windows build sports a dialog-based frontend with a tray icon
> (screenshots available at the website).
> The client leaks some memory due to memory optimizations in John, but
> fortunately it isn't noticable unless the client is run for a long
> time, cracking tens of thousands of hashes.
> Other attempts to build distributed versions of John the Ripper that
> might be of interest are and
> ElcomSoft also provides a (commercial) software that allows for
> distributed cracking though it appears to require Windows on all
> clients.
>   -- noah

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