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Re: Re[2]: MD5 algorithm
From: Matt Howard <securityfocus () hattmoward org>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 21:24:56 -0500

On Tuesday 23 March 2004 12:59 pm, you wrote:
Hello Matt,

But I received only 16,22 or 32-byte hashes. Why not 34-byte hashes?
And how can I use Digest::MD5 for it? Or maybe you can show me a
script on perl or c/c++ with its implementation.

Ah, I looked back at your first question... you want to make a md5 hash for 
use in a passwd file?  Check out 'man crypt'.  This form of md5 uses a salt 
to make the algorithm require two dimensions.  That is, instead of making it 
so you only have to make a hash of every possible password, you have to cover 
every password with every salt.

If you're using perl on a system with the GNU version of libcrypt, you simply 
use a salt that starts with "$1$".  You will need to generate a random salt, 
using the characters in the set [a-zA-Z0-9./].  This will produce a string in 
the form you expected: $1$00000000$0000000000000000000000
The first 8 0's are the salt used, and the other 22 are the final md5 in base 

If you're not on a system with GNU libcrypt, there may be a perl module 
available on CPAN that does the job also.

Matt Howard <mhoward__hattmoward.org>  http://hattmoward.org
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