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Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:25:57 +0000
From: Mark Grace <>
To: "" <>
Subject: RE: OpenVMS support?

A little more detail:

Example hashfile:

TESTUSER:$V$9dau1iUce3x-wRj9T-VTT-----:20578:64:USER, TEST:/USERS/All:DCL

Works fine in 1.7.8.

In bleeding jumbo -


./john --test --format=openvms
Will run 16 OpenMP threads
Benchmarking: OpenVMS, Purdy [32/64]... (16xOMP) DONE
Raw:    335872 c/s real, 30069 c/s virtual

Against above file:

./john oneline.txt
No password hashes loaded (see FAQ)

./john oneline.txt  --format=openvms
No password hashes loaded (see FAQ)

... I'm stuck so any help would be much appreciated.  Thanks!


-----Original Message-----
From: Dhiru Kholia [] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:31 AM
Subject: Re: [john-users] OpenVMS support?

On Mon, 21 Jul 2014, Mark Grace wrote:

> 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?

Use the latest bleeding-jumbo JtR from the following URL,

$ ../run/john --test --format=openvms
Benchmarking: OpenVMS, Purdy [32/64]... DONE
Raw:	1065K c/s real, 1075K c/s virtual

Yes, it should be truly working ;)

> 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.

Have you considered resetting passwords?

> 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.

Latest JtR bleeding-jumbo (from the above URL) should fix this problem too.

> 3 - Without --fork, aside from splitting the database file into 
> multiple chunks, is there a way to run multiple instances?

JtR also supports OpenMP but try using "fork" first.


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