Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:37:34 -0600 From: Richard Miles <richard.k.miles@...glemail.com> To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: What do you recommend as a laptop cracking station? :) Hi I'm considering buying a new laptop and I want to do a decision based on specs to crack passwords, in other words, I need a real animal to crack passwords, I now that laptops are not as powerful as desktops, but I hope to find something really good. I looked at AllienWare and Macbook PRO and I got a bit frustrated. I don't know if it exist, but I was looking for a laptop with at least 8 cores and at least one AMD 7970GPU. Do you have any recommendation? Or suggestion of better configuration for a laptop being used as a password cracking station? :) Also, I don't have experience with the GPU cracking, but I often see people telling that a few password hash formats are supported. Is it really worth to buy a strong GPU card? Or is it better get more and more powerful processors? Most of the passwords that I have to crack are NTLM, NetNTLMv1, NetNTLMv2, mscache, halfLM, mysql, mysql network authentication, mssql, msql05, oracle hashes (local store and network) and a few passwords stored at shadow file (linux most of the time). I remember that I was reading some recent slides from Solar Designer where he talked about a new technology (Intel?) that incorporate a LOT of CPUs and looks as a strong competitor for GPU and do not require that amount of change on the code as GPU does. I could wait for this new technology is there is a date to be release and price available, but I would not like to wait like 1 year to get a new laptop to play with passwords. You advised and recommendations are very welcome. Thanks and sorry if it's a bit off-topic.
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