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Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 03:00:14 +0200
From: Paul van Hoven <>
Subject: Re: Cracking Word files?

Thanks for the additional help. I finally again had the time to play a
little with office2john under ubuntu. As suggested by Solor I compiled
office2john with the following:

make clean linux-x86-64
make office2john

A small hint: I had to replace mktemp by mkdtemp in office2john.c in
order to get the file compiled.

Now I got a working binary in the run folder. I created a MS Office
2008 for Mac (Version 12.2.0) document encrypted it with the simple
password "password" and tried to decrypt it with office2john, this was
the result:

Usage: office2john OFFICE-2007-OR-2010-ENCRYPTED-FILE
./office2john /media/psf/Home/Downloads/TestEncrypted.docx
/media/psf/Home/Downloads/TestEncrypted.docx : office2johntNuMqb: File exists

So this might be due to fact that it is not a office 2007 or office
2010 file? I checked that in the file "password.lst" the password
"password" is contained and also the file "password.lst" is included
in the run folder.

So am I doing something wrong here?

2012/7/10 Frank Dittrich <>:
> On 07/09/2012 11:04 PM, magnum wrote:
>> Oh, I forgot to report this. I think you need to build john first. You
>> can't build office2john after a "make clean". This should be fixed or
>> documented.
> Fixing it may be hard, since you aso depend on arch.h.
> And arch.h depends on what target you used when compiling john.
> I stumbled across this when I changed the line
> office2john:
> to
> office2john: common.o base64.o
> So, the best you can do is probably a helpful error message.
> Frank

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