I have the task to crack a bunch of passwords like:

  • $1$V5l3qvml$Q.fDn30gGhjcEIZH8utah/
  • $1$DcuX.dRK$bR4utyGQ4ET4sobpMMtfo0
  • $1$WbXWIqFu$Qu1fT/MmTIvSUz4xw4mlI0
  • $1$8Y7TfkZ5$LnuF99mgFbV1wvQ61dMZB1

I was only told that these were Linux-like encrypted (I have removed the username: from the front, e.g. sBerhhard: and ::1:0:1:1::: from the end). I have read here that these are shadow style password hashes. Furthermore, I have tried to use hashcat 0.49 to crack these passwords. However, when trying the following command I got the following result and I cannot figure out why:

hashcat-cli64 -m 10 -o found.txt ..\..\1 dictionaries\Top10000.dic

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I have also tried the example from here, and it worked, so I probably have an error in the command.

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I am using the dictionary of InsidePro. Am I using the right m parameter (md5($pass.$salt))? If not, what would be the proper one?

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I believe those hashes are MD5(Unix) format, so -m500. You can compare your hashes to the ones here: hashcat.net/wiki/doku.php?id=example_hashes.

By the way, $1$DcuX.dRK$bR4utyGQ4ET4sobpMMtfo0:bb

  • Thank you for the link. However, I don't quite understand why :bb at the end. I have stated in my post that I have removed ::1:0:1:1::: from the end of each of the passwords.
    – Eszter
    Mar 11, 2015 at 17:17
  • When I tested to make sure I had the right format I put the hashes into hashcat and it cracked one with a password of bb, so I posted it in the hash:plain format.
    – Daniel
    Mar 12, 2015 at 20:49

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