I have Hashcat 0.49 on Kali Linux 1.1.0a and I have a .hccap file. It's a WPA2 Network in the file so I chose a mask of 8 numeric characters (?d?d?d?d?d?d?d?d) and instead of starting at 8 numeric characters it does 1-7 first which takes a long time. How can I fix this?


I assume you are talking about the Mask Attack and not Brute-force Attack which is outdated and replaced by Mask Attack.

I had to add --pwd-min=8 to the list of parameters to force it to start at 8 digits from the get-go.

Source: http://hashcat.net/forum/thread-1538.html


Do you have '-i' or increment enabled? This sounds like you do. Disable it if you don't want it to run through all shorter permutations.

  • I don't see a -i or --increment option in the help. Jun 20 '15 at 23:11
  • Sorry I use oclhashcst, it works slightly differently, in hashcat 0.5 they brought in a feature for changing increments as it was on by default in 0.49 and earlier. I suggest that kprovost7314 should update to version 0.5 and then increment of off by default.
    – Andy
    Jun 24 '15 at 8:15
  • Please see hashcat.net/trac/ticket/572
    – Andy
    Jun 24 '15 at 8:16

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