Showing posts from September, 2018

Configuring a Password Cracking Computer

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” —Meister Eckhart Disclaimer: While the reason I'm writing this is because I was lucky enough to win a new cracking rig from  Netmux's   Hash Crack Challenge , I want to state for the record that he never asked me to blog about it, and all of the good things I say are 100% of my own choosing and not contingent on me receiving any prize. 2nd Disclaimer: I plan on this being a "living" blog entry as I continue to update and use my new computer. Since install procedures change over time, for the record I started to perform my install on September 7th 2018. I'll try to date my entries as I write them to help anyone trying to follow this so they can estimate how useful these instructions are. ChangeLog: September 12, 2018, (rearranged sections, added MDXFind, updated installing OpenCL instructions) September 7, 2018 (Computer Arrives): Wow, I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself in possession of a ded

Netmux's Hash Crack Challenge Writeup

"Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality"  - Eliyahu Goldratt This last week I participated in Netmux's Hash Crack Challenge , and this happened: HASH CRACK CHALLENGE Hash #2 has been cracked by @lakiw . Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone that participated! It was a bumpy ride but a lot of fun to create and host. Thanks again to everyone and look for the final write-up in the coming days! — Netmux (@netmux) September 1, 2018 So I figured the least I could do was make a blog posting about it along with my analysis of Netmux's One Time Grids , which the challenge was based on. TLDR/Bottom Line(s) Up Front (BLUF):  I was lucky enough to be checking Twitter right when Netmux posted his final hint, and that was the only reason I won. As to the security of One Time Grids, they share a lot of similarities to other password books, which can be both good or bad depending on your threat mode