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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:33:41 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion password hashes (salted SHA-512)

On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 01:19:07PM -0500, jfoug wrote:
> I think that is ideal.  A standard john tool (lion2john) to double base64
> the input file,

I could be wrong, but I think there's no _double_ base64 encoding on
actual systems.  What we see at:

is a side-effect of the tools used.  Specifically, I think the
"plutil -convert xml1 ShadowHashData" command does base64 _encoding_ of
a component of the binary plist, to meet the requested output format.

> and then output this type line:
> user:$LION$salt$base16_hash   
> is probably the correct output for that tool to generate, and for the format
> to validate and use.

I think we should omit the dollar sign after the salt, because the salt
is binary and fixed-length, and because people seem to be already using
136-hex-character strings.  So we'll just prefix those strings with
$LION$ when we can, and we'll read them without the prefix as well (even
though this might end up being ambiguous at a later time).

Sounds fine?


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