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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:49:43 -0500
From: jfoug <>
Subject: Re: Error: wordlist contains NULL bytes - aborting

On 9/14/2016 9:11 AM, wrote:
> Remove the 2 lines with these passwords:
>> [240600046375]
>> [4000646f6232]
>> and the null problems will go away.
> Thank you for the tip. My question is a little bit wider though: is there any way for john to handle passwords with null character? Are those password just artifacts (from a hacking attempt for example), or could they be legitimate?
Here is another couple 'fun' ones for john:


These have a carriage return in them (the 0d).  There are 3 characters which are very hard to deal with in JtR.  That is \x00 (null), \x0a and \x0d (line feed and carriage return).  Also, the ':' can be tough in certain situations (but is not a problem for an input wordlist).  The \x0a and \x0d 'can' be handled in wordlist (using rules, external or mask).  I am not sure if john can (or ever will) be able to handle a null byte.  It may be that we can handle them with mask mode, I am not sure.  It will almost certainly never be able to handle embedded null bytes in wordlist mode

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