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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:51:28 +0200
From: Patrick Proniewski <>
Subject: Re: Error: wordlist contains NULL bytes - aborting

On 14 sept. 2016, at 21:37, Frank Dittrich wrote:

> "cracking" SHA1 hashes of random garbage bytes are hardly a use case
> john should support, IMHO.
> Is there any system which really accepts random bytes including line
> feeds and null bytes in passwords?
> How do you enter such passwords as a user? And even if you can, should
> you ever do this?
> How would you know (as a user who didn't audit the system in use) that
> the system will not silently convert your
> "pass\0word" into pass?

There are use case for this kind of exotic passwords: internal passwords, service accounts, etc. If you have coded the application you can make it support this kind of oddities.


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