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RE: Password "security" - was"Passwords with Lan Manager (LM) und er Windows" and "Whitespace in passwords"
From: "Dufresne, Pierre" <PIERRE.DUFRESNE () MESS GOUV QC CA>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:57:33 -0400

I hope everybody following this thread is aware that whether any version of
a cracking tool can crack or not non-printable characters is irrelevant.  If
it can't, the authors could probably patch their tool very fast.

As someone mentioned earlier, the game is now: how do you protect the hashes
when a computer is lost or stolen?

I work in a Windows environment. The only immediate measure I can think of
is the use of SYSKEY with a password prompt.
Could anyone provide me with other simple solution?  Thanks

Note to moderator: may be it would be better to start a new thread with a
subject like "hashes protection in Windows"


Hi Dave,

Lepton's Crack can, for sure. I dunno if the version with non-printable
characters is 20040914 or 20040916 (the later is not online, I'm afraid, I
have it on a CD somewhere).
Just had a look at the CHANGES file:>

      - Added support for any ASCII character (ie. also non-printable) in
        the charset and regex definition, via \0(octal), \x(hex),

Do a Google search for

      password cracker "non printable" characters

And have fun collating the results.


-----Original Message-----
From: dave kleiman [mailto:dave () isecureu com] 
Sent: 26 September 2005 15:00
To: 'Miguel Dilaj'
Cc: pen-test () securityfocus com
.Subject: RE: Password "security" - was"Passwords with Lan Manager (LM)
Windows" and "Whitespace in passwords"

Regarding "Whitespace in passwords", and as some people already 
mentioned, modern password cracking software (both commercial and 
free) can find non-printable chars, so space or ALT-whatever are going 
to be found anyway. Rainbow tables now tend to include space, but I 
still haven't heard of anyone producing a table for 0x00-0xff
(0x0000-0xffff if you use extended unicode chars ;-)
Applications CAN be broken by using strange characters, so YMMV.

Can you provide a list of those that have that ability, I will gladly test

The most popular ones cannot i.e. L0pht, Cain etc. See:


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