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Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:51:57 +0200
From: Solar Designer <>
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.


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