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Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:17:17 -0600
From: Stephen John Smoogen <>
Subject: Re: any plans to support superlong passwords?

On 31 July 2012 08:30, Aleksey Cherepanov <> wrote:
> It seems that some hash types accept passwords longer than john
> support. I wonder why there is highly optimized code with limits but
> there no code without limits on length?
> Are there any plans to support password lengths up to hash type's
> maximum?

What hashes are you talking about? You can get a lot of unlimited
length hashes via say the --format=crypt which falls back to OS level
algorithms which are slow but have unlimited lengths. (I do this for
md5crypt that are longer than 15 characters and similar items).

> Thanks!
> --
> Regards,
> Aleksey Cherepanov

Stephen J Smoogen.
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