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Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:54:02 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: searching the first char's of a very long password

On Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 12:57:45PM +0000, wrote:
> 	i am using a password with 20 char.
> the password looks like
> 	f%w

Here are some relevant examples:

both are linked from:

I think you should use a combination of incremental and external modes,
or a one-entry wordlist (with your known portion of password) and a
custom one-line ruleset (using the rule preprocessor).  The latter
approach may require less typing, but is only usable for very short
unknown portions (you mentioned off-list that you only wanted to crack 5
unknown characters, so it may work).

In bleeding-jumbo, there's also mask mode (which would let you specify
everything you need on the command-line, without editing the .conf
file), but you said you can't compile anything from source, so that's
not an option for you currently.  Luckily, there are several other
options (above).


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