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Installing John the Ripper on Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it." -- RosalĂ­a de Castro Introduction: With great regret I finally decided to retire my 10-year-old MacBook Pro as my personal travel laptop. Part of that is I'll be attending Defcon this year to help out # IAmTheCalvary and the #WeHeartHackers initiative by volunteering in the Defcon Biohacking village . Side note, if you are in Vegas, feel free to drop by and we can talk about cyber security in a clinical setting. Doctors and nurses hate passwords too! Getting back on track, I wanted something a bit more modern to participate in this year's Crack Me If You Can Completion , as well as to play around in the various hacking villages so I bought myself a Microsoft Surface Book. The challenge was while Hashcat has a native Windows build, my experiences getting John the Ripper (JtR) running on Windows in the past have been ... troubled. That's pa