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Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:34:30 -0500
From: jmk <>
Subject: Re: NTLMv2 Challenge/Response Cracking

Good afternoon,

I haven't forgotten about your request for a patch containing
documentation on using my NetLM/NetNTLM/etc. formats. ;) I will
*hopefully* get this done in the not too distance future.

One quick question...

On Tue, 2010-02-16 at 13:53 +0300, Solar Designer wrote:
> > MinLen = 1
> > MaxLen = 7
> Should MinLen possibly be 0, not 1?

I took a look at my script to see why I had set MinLen
to 1. It looks like I had added a check prior to the incremental run to
see if the seed password was indeed the actual password. I'm a bit rusty
on this, since I wrote it 3 years ago, but it looks to me like this
could be removed if MinLen was indeed set to 0. Unfortunately, this
doesn't seem to work in practice. 

I've included a sample config below for a NetLM/NetNTLM password of
"Abc123". I would think that John would check length 0 first,
essentially testing "Abc123" and immediately cracking it. In the log I

0:00:00:00 - Lengths 0 to 8, up to 69 different characters
[snip - testing lengths > 1]
0:00:00:00 - Switching to length 1

I don't see anything about length 0 and it doesn't seem to be able to
crack the password via incremental mode when the seed fully matches the
password. Anything obvious that I'm doing incorrect?


john -format:netlm -config=test.conf -external:HalfLM -incremental:LM
File = $JOHN/lanman.chr
MinLen = 0
MaxLen = 8
CharCount = 69

void init()
  word[14] = 0;

void filter()
  word[13] = word[7];
  word[12] = word[6];
  word[11] = word[5];
  word[10] = word[4];
  word[9] = word[3];
  word[8] = word[2];
  word[7] = word[1];
  word[6] = word[0];
  word[5] = '3';
  word[4] = '2';
  word[3] = '1';
  word[2] = 'c';
  word[1] = 'b';
  word[0] = 'A';

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