I have a Word document that is password protected. Am I wrong in assuming that if I know nothing about the password that it’s basically a waste of time trying to crack it?

I do remember it’s two short words put together.

My problem is I have no idea how to make a list of all those word combinations. I’ve tried using the English dictionary but it seems absurd to try to make a list of all English words, say, of length 5 or shorter, and put them together With shorter words to make a list. For example, "springegg" or "hotone".

  • What is your question?
    – user163495
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 14:09

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There are approximately 50,000 words in the English language that are 5 characters or less. If you are sure that your password was comprised of two English words that are each 5 characters or less, then that's a space of about 2.5 billion possible passwords (50,000 * 50,000 = 2.5 billion).

Programs like Hashcat and John The Ripper running on a modern desktop or laptop system can crack passwords in much larger spaces within a few days. So, you might be in luck.

You'll need to construct a list of possible passwords to feed to one of the above programs - based on your knowledge that the password is comprised of two English words that are each 5 characters or less. See Need help generating list with crunch for a similar question involving the creation of a similar list. Or, better yet, apply @nobody's suggestion below of using hashcat's combinator attack (ht, nobody).

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    That's going to be a somewhat large wordlist. Since it is luckily exactly two words, hashcat's combinator attack should work better.
    – nobody
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 15:06
  • Thanks @nobody. I wasn't aware that hashcat had such an option. That's definitely better than constructing a list.
    – mti2935
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 15:07
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    You could also do it with John's PRINCE mode and force it to use two elements --prince=words.txt --prince-elem-cnt-min=2 --prince-elem-cnt-max=2
    – Gh0stFish
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 15:44
  • Note that there are less than 8k somewhat common words with 5 or fewer characters (going off a dictionary I've got with about 60k words, which includes ones as unusual as "abaft" but not too much more). Starting with those is much more reasonable. Commented May 13, 2022 at 23:51
  • Is it possible I can have that list of somewhat common words?
    – Rgh001
    Commented May 15, 2022 at 14:12

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