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Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 22:46:38 +0100
From: Alexandre Badalo <>
Subject: Re: Brute force Easy-RSA CA key with JTR?

This does not seem that promissing :/

Out of the box i can't get the script to work, i also tried to change
encrypted to RSA (to match the first "tag" case) and even removing the
headers, none yelded a good result

The tag on my priv key is "-----BEGIN ENCRYPTED PRIVATE KEY-----"

On 05-06-2018 17:47, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 05, 2018 at 04:49:56PM +0100, Alexandre Badalo wrote:
>> Can JTR brute force Easy-RSA generated CA private passphrase? I forgot
>> the PassPhrase for my CA but i *think* i remember some pattern that
>> might be on the passphrase, which should reduce a lot the brute force time
> I don't have a reliable answer, but FWIW the support for cracking some
> SSH key formats that we have in JtR -jumbo is known to also work for
> OpenSSL private keys in general.  I suspect it might work for their CA
> private keys as well.  I didn't know what Easy-RSA was, but upon a quick
> look at it appears to be a wrapper
> around OpenSSL, so it is possible that our SSH key cracking support will
> just work for you as well.
> So please try in the run/ directory against your CA private
> key.  If it produces reasonably looking output, then try running john
> itself against that.  Do all of this using latest revisions of our code
> from the bleeding-jumbo branch on GitHub.  Let us know of your results.
> Perhaps we need to improve the naming and/or documentation for
> and the corresponding JtR format to account for such uses.
>> This is my first mail to a mailing list, i hope that this is the way to
>> use it, if not, sorry :D
> Your use so far looks good to me.
> Thanks,
> Alexander

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