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Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 11:34:15 -0700
From: Eric Oyen <>
Subject: Re: failed to break my own created password

will any of the BitCoin specific GPU modules (hardware) work for this? those are relatively cheap and can be run from a USB hub.

I have a Rasberry pie unit here that I am dedicating to Software Defined Radio (as a air spy server) but with the of a couple of these modules, it can also double as a BitCoin mining node as well as solving for password strength.

btw, I still have JTR running on the mac mini working on that password hash. I set min length to 8 characters and max length to 18 characters and am allowing only the use of 2 symbols (! and .). I am letting it run incrementally on the problem and will leave it alone. Since that is a multicore machine, I have multiple instances running (1 per core) and each one is set for it's own min and max length settings). I will get this, but it is going to take a little longer than I planned on. 

I might kill off one of the instances and do a run based on info given in this thread.

thanks for the helpful hints. 


PGP fingerprint: 6DFB D6B0 3771 90F1 373E 570C 7EA2 1FF3 6B68 0386

On May 5, 2018, at 7:43 AM, Solar Designer wrote:

> On Sat, May 05, 2018 at 01:55:45PM +0000, Royce Williams wrote:
>> If you suspect a typo, a variety of typos can also be simulated. Here's a
>> crude example of how to generate some rules for mis-key (rather than
>> transposition) typos:
> To do something different but similar (overstrikes and inserts) with
> JtR, put the supposed password in a wordlist file and use --rules=oi.
> This ruleset is already included in recent bleeding-jumbo, but in case
> of using an older version here it is:
> [List.Rules:oi]
> o[0-9A-Z][ -~]
> i[0-9A-Z][ -~]
> o[0-9A-E][ -~] Q M o[0-9A-E][ -~] Q
> i[0-9A-E][ -~] i[0-9A-E][ -~]
> This does one overstrike/insert up to length 36 and two up to length 14.
> With a fast hash like Eric's, this is very quick.
> If leetization might have been applied to the original password, then it
> may also be passed through --external=Leet or the masks previously
> posted in here may be used prior to applying the rules above (with a
> separate invocation of JtR).
> On Fri, May 04, 2018 at 10:12:21PM -0700, Eric Oyen wrote:
>> unbreakable without considerably greater resources than I have here.
> Based on what you tell, this is primarily about adjusting the attacks
> you run and to a lesser extent about the resources you have.
>> To that end, I am now considering a cluster approach using NFS as the primary filesystem and having a number of nodes all running JTR and all taking and putting data into the right files (this way, the load can be split). 
> Bad idea, unless you'd do it for fun.  With just one hash to crack on
> just a few systems, it'll be easier for you to run different attacks or
> use the --node option on those nodes manually.  And no need for shared
> storage.  You'll take the one cracked password from whatever system
> cracks it.
>> the man page is woefully under documented/incomplete.
> Like I said, there's no official man page.  There's only Debian's.  Just
> don't use it - use our documentation under doc/ instead - but then it's
> probably too detailed.
>> I will see if I can acquire a number of older machines
> Bad idea, unless you'd do it for fun.  A factor of 10 or so difference
> in speed is very unlikely to result in your password getting cracked.
> In terms of improving your chances, your time is better spent on
> adjusting the attacks you run.
> Also, if you do want to buy extra hardware anyway, buy some recent GPUs
> rather than some old machines.  And perhaps you already have some GPUs
> you could use, as well.
>> (something in the range of 8 to 10 years old as they are dirt cheap)
> They're also slow and not worth your time, unless you'd do it for fun.
> Alexander

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