Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Wed Apr 27 16:25:38 CEST 2011

On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 09:37:57PM -0700, Robert Holtzman wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 06:38:11PM -0400, Stephen H. Dawson wrote:
> > Hi,
> >  
> >  
> > Dire need, hoping for help.
> >  
> > I have my private and public keys, but you have neither the passphrase nor a
> > revocation certificate.  I need to revoke my published key.  Can they recommend
> > a bash script to discover the passphrase using brute force on the private key?
> That would render encryption useless.

Then it's useless.  Because brute force will *always* succeed.  It may
not succeed in your lifetime, however. :-/

To the OP: someone probably could suggest a brute-force tool, but if
your passphrase is strong enough to have been worth using then the
tool would likely run far longer than you care to spend.  That's the
point of having a passphrase.

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
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