find a passpharse
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 11:41:17 -0500
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Big Brother tells me that Mr.Bad wrote:
> >>>>> "LF" =3D=3D Levente Farkas <email@example.com> writes:
> * If you can't recover your data any other way, you -could-
> try running a password cracker on GnuPG. I don't know of any
> crackers that do that right now, but you might want to type
> "password crack" into the Google prompt and see what you can
> find. A lot of password crackers are customizeable so that
> you can tell them what program to run and how to pass the
> password in.
I did this once. I knew what my passphrase was supposed to be,
so I wrote a perl script to generate as many typo-like variations of
this as possible, and then I tried pgp (was still using pgp at the
time) with the -z option.
With gpg, it would look some thing like (zsh syntax)
for i in $(cat passphrases.txt)
echo $i | gpg --passphrase-fd 0 --decrypt filename.gpg
With a little luck and a lot of time, you might end up with your file.
I had to do this twice, and I was only successful once.
"Restore your inalienable human rights. Jack McKinney
Vote Libertarian. http://www.lp.org http://www.lorentz.com
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