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Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:48:07 -0500
From: "Matt Weir" <>
To: <>
Subject: RE: Decrypting PPT files

Thanks Dhiru! It turns out the older version of was the
issue. I used the one from magnum's branch and it worked like a charm. I
hope that version is going to be available in the next jumbo patch since it
really is a useful script. Oh and Rich, sorry about misattributing the
office test files to Magnum.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dhiru Kholia [] 
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:51 PM
Subject: Re: [john-users] Decrypting PPT files

On 01/24/14 at 05:51pm, Matt Weir wrote:
> I'm trying to decrypt a password protected a powerpoint 97-2003 PPT 
> file. I've successfully used on Word documents, but 
> this is the first .ppt file I've tried and it errors out with:
> 'ascii' codex can't decode byte 0xd9 in position 2: ordinal not in
> range(128)

Hi Matt,

Are you using the latest "bleeding-jumbo" version of the

I just tried on the .ppt and .pptx files I have and it seems
to working just fine (TM).

It would be awesome if you could share a sample .ppt file which is failing
(private email is OK).


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