Continuing with password cracking playlist… Today, am gonna talk about john the ripper, a very good tool to crack password. Now in one of the previous articles, I talked about hashcat being the fastest tool and if that’s so why considering other tools? I am going to answer that too so just stick with me to the end.

The John

John the Ripper(JTR) is designed to be both feature-rich and fast. It combines several cracking modes in one program and is fully configurable for your particular needs (you can even define a custom cracking mode using the built-in compiler supporting a subset of C). Also, John is available for several different platforms which enables you to use the same cracker everywhere (you can even continue a cracking session which you started on another platform).

Is he the PRO?

JTR has a pro version too. Checkout there website. Actually, if your work is in cracking normal level hashes through brute-force, you definitely don’t need the pro. But hey $40 is what you can all spend if you’re in the field of cracking. Now this is not a promotion, and if you’re like me, i.e. doing cracking for a general purpose, then the free version is sufficient. However, before you ask, the pro version has the following features:

  • For windows, it has a whole new version called the hash-suite.
  • Also, it supports to run on some extra distributions, which are termed to be used as industry based.

JTR vs Hashcat

Now, comes the part where we talk about, which one is better… Or to be precise, what are the basis on which we classify them as the winner. To understand this, let’s first jump to the basics…

Nehh, just a n00b

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