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Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 07:07:14 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: International Charactersets

On Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 10:01:43AM -0500, W Davis Dechert wrote:
> This raises an interesting point for the future of password crackers  
> like john.  (I only use john on passwords for my own system, so I  
> don't really have a lot of experience with it.)  Since the characters  
> in every language get stored as bytes in a file, shouldn't john just  
> work on cracking hashes that are byte strings?

Isn't that how JtR works currently?
(I presume that you meant "hashes of byte strings.")

> My point is that when  
> you use several dictionaries (say English, Russian and French) you  
> will find many words look different when typed on the respective key  
> boards, but actually have the same byte string as a computer  
> representation.

Care to provide an example?

Frankly, I think that you're simply confused. :-)


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