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    Default Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    Hi.

    So i have some password hashes for example:

    c2543fff3bfa6f144c2f06a7de6cd10c0b650cae

    The input of the program is one of these hashed codes. What i need to do is use SHA-1 to get the original password and print it out to the user. I am really stuck, so far i have just declared all my password hashes as Strings. Is this right or should they be HexStrings ? Byte Arrays ? Char Arrays ? I am really not sure.

    I have been on to the Wiki page for SHA-1 but i can't really see any formula's to calculate the password.

    Am i also right in saying the format of these hashed passwords is hexadecimal ?


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    Default Re: Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    You wouldn't be attempting anything nefarious, would you?
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    Default Re: Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    Lol no, its a school task.

    I should add:

    This should be done using Brute Force Test. I think i might be reading the wrong stuff and going down the wrong routes. I am seeing a lot of MessageDigest.getInstance("SHA-1") . Do you think this is used ?

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    Default Re: Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinWorkman View Post
    You wouldn't be attempting anything nefarious, would you?
    My thoughts exactly.

    Hash algorithms are just that - they are not like encryption which can be encoded and decoded. More often than not, they are one way (eg password -> hash) and there is reasoning behind this. Attempts to decode them will immediately raise suspicion.

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    Default Re: Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    The input of the program is one of these hashed codes. What i need to do is use SHA-1 to get the original password


    The solution is:
    public class BruteForceDecryptSinglePasswordFromSingleBitString
    {
      /**
       * @param args don't bother supplying parameters - it won't effect the chance of success
       * @returns correct answer with non-zero probability, probably
       */
      public static void main(String[] args)
      {
        System.out.println("The password is 'MyDogsNameIsShep'");
      }
    }

    Oh wait, maybe that's not right. Are you sure the exercise wasn't to *guess* the password? That would be a nice undergrad exercise. For that you'd need to write some kind of loop (you could alternatively make random guesses) which generated candidate password strings, transform them with SHA-1 (you will need the fragment of code you posted earlier) and then compare the output to your given hash. If that is the exercise, then I would go with a loop counting up from zero, a character set and a mapping of count to candidate password (Integer.toString(int, int) might be your friend here). Don't run that code on a shared server. If you've got a multi-core PC (who hasn't these days? I bought a FX-8120 recently, coretastic), you could consider chunking the job and multi-threading it. Do it for personal satisfaction, not because it'll increase your chances from hopeless to hopeless-but-with-more-fan-noise.

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    Default Re: Password Hash - Brute Force Test - SHA-1

    Brute force SHA-1? Call me in 130,000 years when you get the result
    School assignments to crack a Caesar cipher, or generate hashes would be plausible, but I highly doubt that brute force cracking would be handed out to pupils.

    Either your tutor wanted to abuse you free labour to supply him with rainbow tables or this isn't a school assignment
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