Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:51:57 +0200 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Best cracking method to use? On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 10:46:45AM -0400, Powen Cheng wrote: > I will try PRINCE mode as suggested on another machine that I recently > built with better GUPs. As I am not familiar with this mode. Is there more > documentation that would better explain this mode. Please refer to doc/PRINCE. > Also, in the past I have always used the increment mode and I have a > machine that ran for 8 months and it still has not found the password that > I am hoping to find. I did find the other known test passwords that I set > in place to see if the JOHN was working throughout the process. Maybe > simply my temporary password that I used was simply too long, like 15-18 > chars. > > Now I am thinking about there has to be a better way to do this than trying > to brute force a long password. I do remember some bits of the password but > I want to see if I can use increment mode or some other mode and combine > wordlist and know chars to improve the search. Of course, you should use whatever knowledge about the password you have. PRINCE isn't necessarily the most suitable choice - it's just the easiest to use for the kind of information you provided. If you provide even more information - e.g., not just one list of password components, but some constraints on what can be in which part of the password - then my advice could be different and likely more complicated. I suggest you do give PRINCE a try, and only spend more of your time on more complicated configuration if PRINCE doesn't succeed quickly. Alexander
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