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Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:19:03 -0400
From: Rich Rumble <>
Subject: Re: Cracking Word files?

On Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Paul van Hoven
<> wrote:
> I've recently heared about john the ripper. Actually I think it is fun
> and I wanted to test it. Therefore I downloaded it and compiled it.
> Everything worked fine. After that I created a sample Word file and
> protected it with a simple password. I downloaded a password list from
> the openwall page. Now I wanted to test john on the Word document. But
> I cannot find out how. I read the EXAMPLES text file and also had a
> look at a wiki article ( but
> the articles provided there are not very helpful. Therefore my
> question: How do I crack a simple Word file whose password is included
> in the download password .lst file?
You may want to use a build from Robert Harris on the contrib page if
your build did not include the office2john.exe, there may have been
additonal steps you need to do(like applying a patch or uncomenting a
few lines in the make file) for that extra program to compile. You can
find the latest build here: Then you just run
office2john.exe from cmd...
office2john.exe c:\path\to\office_file.doc >output.txt
That should echo a sting like this into a file called output.txt
(change at will)

(that is all one line btw) The password for that hash is
"myhovercraftisfullofeels" btw. You can download a number of samples I
and others have contributed here:
Remember office2john only works on office versions 2007-2010, not on
the older RC4 types in office-97, 2000, XP, 2003. And it only works on
the "password to open", not macro or read-only password options in M$
office documents. There is also an ODF2john.exe for open/libre/star
office files.

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