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Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:32:44 -0700
From: Stephen John Smoogen <>
Subject: Re: "NO PASSWORD" Result in John for AIX password cracking

On 19 November 2012 15:30, John Evans <> wrote:
> Whats up everyone?
> I'm running John in an AIX environment.  Occasionally, John returns output
> "NO Password".  I know the case isn’t that there is no password however, I
> cant find an explanation for this output.  Does it mean that John was
> unable to crack the password?  Or, does it mean that there was no password
> for John to Crack?

If you are seeing "No password hashes" then it is because it could not
find any hashes it knew about.

                if (!database.password_count) {
                        printf("No password hashes %s (see FAQ)\n",
                            total ? "left to crack" : "loaded");

If you are seeing something like:


then I think you are seeing:

        if (!*ciphertext) {
                found = 1;
                if (show) printf("%s%cNO PASSWORD", login,


which means that account did not have a password associated with it in
the password file.

root::0:0:root user:/root:/bin/sh

should trigger that.

> Thanks in advance for the help,

Stephen J Smoogen.
"Don't derail a useful feature for the 99% because you're not in it."
Linus Torvalds
"Years ago my mother used to say to me,... Elwood, you must be oh
so smart or oh so pleasant. Well, for years I was smart. I
recommend pleasant. You may quote me."  —James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

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