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Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:25:02 -0700
From: Stephen John Smoogen <>
Subject: Re: SSHA-512 supported?

On 8 February 2013 17:05, Stephen John Smoogen <> wrote:
> On 8 February 2013 17:01, Solar Designer <> wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 09, 2013 at 12:47:19AM +0100, Frank Dittrich wrote:
>>> I tried to google for more information, but got
>>> | Our apologies
>>> |
>>> | The IBM developerWorks Web site is currently under maintenance.
>>> |
>>> | Please try again later. Thank you.
>> There's a copy in Google's cache, which gives this sample:
>> | Change the user's password:
>> | # passwd mehdi   <-- I set this password: "Thisisanewlongpassword:)"
>> |
>> | If you are curious, have a look at /etc/security/passwd:
>> | # grep -p mehdi /etc/security/passwd
>> | mehdi:
>> |         password = {ssha512}06$Zq5raZlRV3yGMiqT$07e5A.zEP/XnDWto5B4.JMszwgWEIH68mMcrzHCC9h5OmKEQ.SsBKw3hexid3hT9X0al.39iSV/Xi1txzU5C..
>> This page gives another:
>> | If I change the password for the user brian to "colorado" again the /etc/security/passwd file will now show:
>> |
>> | brian:
>> |       password =
>> | {ssha512}06$otYx2eSXx.OkEY4F$No5ZvSfhYuB1MSkBhhcKJIjS0.q// wdkcZwF9/TXi3EnL6Qero
>> | nmS0jCc3P2aEV9WLi5arzN1YjVwkx8bng..
>> Neither matches standard sha512crypt.  I also tried other likely default
>> iteration counts (like 1000 and 10000) - no luck.
> I am thinking that their base64 transformation is not the same as that
> used by the other OS crypts but is using the old crypt style base64
> with different letters and a slightly different order of
> transformation.

So from another set.. the number of rounds are powers of 2. So instead
of 1000 they will be 1024

And I am smokin crack on crypt styles.. I saw the space in the version
listed and was thinking it was different from standard characters. I
then went and looked at the SSHA format that LDAP uses and got the

$ pwdhash -s SSHA512 'colorado'

and then I guess I lit up and took a deep toke when I saw the +

Stephen J Smoogen.
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