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Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:05:48 +0200 (CEST)
From: Dhiru Kholia <>
Subject: Re: ssh known_hosts support?

On Mon, 23 Jun 2014, Royce Williams wrote:

> The 'HashKnownHosts' ssh config option enables hashing of IPs and
> hostnames in the ~/.known_hosts file. ...
> What would be the best path to using john for this purpose?


The latest "bleeding-jumbo" version (from the following repository) now
supports cracking such hashes.

$ cat hashes

$ ../run/john hashes --mask="192.30.252.?d?d?d"
Loaded 2 password hashes with 2 different salts (known_hosts, ...)
....   (?)   (?)

$ ../run/john --format=known_hosts --test  # i7-4750HQ CPU
Benchmarking: known_hosts, HashKnownHosts HMAC-SHA1 [SHA1 32/64]... DONE
Raw:	1836K c/s real, 1836K c/s virtual

Later on, we might be able to use an existing format (or the dynamic
format) for cracking such hashes.


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