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How to crack SHA512 hexdigest passwords with John the Ripper?

I've been playing with John The Ripper (JtR) to try to crack/audit a salted password that was hashed with SHA-512, with 20 interactions according to the source (for the curious, this is a Rails app, ...
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Why is Windows auditing svchost by default?

I would like to know why, by default, Windows set an audit rules on svchost.exe ? While it's used only when auditing is active, i don't understand why there's a special treatment for this file since ...
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secure authentication between subdomains hosted seperately

The web tools we are developing for a client require seamless interoperability with an existing user management sytem and commerce tools (the "mainsite"). The mainsite is built and maintained by a ...