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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:14:54 +0000
From: Mark Grace <>
To: "" <>
Subject: OpenVMS support?

Sorry - it looks like I wasn't using the list correctly -- I haven't used one of these in a number of years!   Anyway, please see below:

I've made a bit of progress on this.  I've installed the Bleeding Jumbo version which lists OpenVMS as a supported hash.  However, when running against my hash file (which, BTW, works fine on 1.7.8 with the OpenVMS patch applied) I get the "No password hashes loaded" error.

Can anyone provide assistance?  Is the OpenVMS hash truly working in Bleeding Jumbo?


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Grace 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 2:02 PM
To: ''
Subject: OpenVMS

Hi All,

We're in the process of migrating from and OpenVMS system to AIX and we have a need to not change passwords.  Therefore I've been using JtR to retrieve the passwords.  

I've compiled version 1.7.8 and have applied the OpenVMS patch located here:  I've also purchased and am using the openwall wordlist.  

A couple of questions:

1 - Does anyone have some tips on which rules or command lines to use with an OpenVMS user database?
2 - Is 1.7.8 the newest version supported by the OpenVMS patch?  I have a 16 core box and would really love to use --fork which is not an option.
3 - Without --fork, aside from splitting the database file into multiple chunks, is there a way to run multiple instances?

Any other tips for someone trying to recover OpenVMS passwords?  Thanks for the help.


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