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Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:13:26 +0000
From: Paul Needham <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: UNSHADOW from Windows

Thanks for the reply Alexander - much appreciated.


Could have been a simple typo, mindyou I did relocate the solaris files to a new directory so perhaps that affected it. 


Anyway, now I have a file that is in the following format:


username: hash


For the record, could I not have just pasted the username hash and created my own file, as the unshadow command only seems to have taken the username and hash and put it in the correct format?




> Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:42:44 +0300
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [john-users] UNSHADOW from Windows
> Paul,
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:24:37PM +0000, Paul Needham wrote:
> > Is it possible to copy the /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files from solaris, and save them as files in windows and run unshadow.
> Yes, and that's why the unshadow program is available on Windows builds.
> > I've got the files but want to run john from windows, and I have saved the /etc/shadow as etcshadow and /etc/passwd as etcpasswd in windows but when supplying the command unshadow etcpasswd etcshadow > mypasswd I am informed 
> > 
> > fopen: etcshadow No such file or directory 
> The approach you've described above and the specific command look fine
> to me. This should have worked. My guess is that you made a typo on
> the command line. Please try again. If you continue to run into this
> problem, please copy & paste an excerpt of your shell session into a
> followup posting to this mailing list. The excerpt should show the
> specific filenames you have (e.g., run "dir" in a "DOS window", or
> "ls -l" in bash if you have Cygwin installed), your "unshadow ..."
> command, and its exact output (please do use copy & paste, don't just
> re-type what you see into an e-mail message).
> I hope this helps.
> Alexander
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