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Moscrack on FreeBSD 10.3

I just finished testing the instructions in How to Install Moscrack - Quick Start Guide on FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE amd64 sucessfully, with a few very minor variations. I can't guarantee Moscrack works 100% properly on FreeBSD, but this is a very good indicator. This is the first time I've had Moscrack running on something other than Ubuntu Linux and so far I'm impressed!

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2016-09-06 Labels: freebsd

Consider upgrading Moscrack 2.08b to SVN

I've been cleaning up some bugs. Especially some bad ones in the pyrit plugin. At this point I'm suggesting if you have any problems with the beta, switch to the SVN version. SVN also now tries to catch more errors, at the expense of exiting on some severe errors. Error handling to come for those situations eventually. More detailed useful information is output while running as well. There are some other nice little tweaks too.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2016-05-11

Moscrack 2.08b tested on new Linux distros

I've successfully tested Mosrack on some new operating systems. All testing was done with version 2.08b.

Ubuntu Linux 15.04 x86 64bit

SSH end nodes:
Ubuntu Linux 15.04 x86 64bit
Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 x86 64bit
Debian Linux 8.2 x86 64bit

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2015-09-09


As of just now, Moscrack 2.08b has been downloaded 18,653 times. I think that is amazing!
And most of those downloads were from France. So thanks everyone, especially France!

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2015-05-23

Moscrack 2.08b released

  • Added API provided by moscapid
  • Enabled API for mosctop and moscrack.cgi
  • New/updated Moscrack_Live.i686-0.2beta.iso CDROM image released
  • New Moscrack_Live.i686-0.2beta.img.bz2 USB/HDD image released
  • Updated documentation

- Strip control characters (ascii colours) from key when found (aircrack-ng issue)
- Check if pid belongs to moscrack when determining if it is running (otherwise false positives possible)
- moscrack.cgi bug "#3 Empty table of connected nodes" fixed
- Fixed bug "#2 nodes.dat.tuning file generation ignores port configurations"

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2013-06-05

Moscrack API

I've begun work on a new web based API for Moscrack. Currently there is a daemon called mosapid that will handle all requests over HTTP. There is an experimental mosctop.mosapid that uses the new interface rather than accessing status.dat directly.

I intend to make certain things work via the API in the future like:
- get status info (working)
- set config options
- stop/start/restart Moscrack
- pass values to Moscrack like wordlist, essid, etc...... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2012-11-18

Moscrack with Android

I got my Samsung Galaxy S2 SGH-I727R to work as an SSH node with Moscrack.

I am running Cyanogenmod 10 (Android 4.1.2) + a Debian Linux chroot environment, with openssh + aircrack-ng compiled directly on the phone.

It achieved 383 words/sec during tuning. I have an Athlon X2 system that only achieved 458 and my iPhone 3g only managed 43. So I'd say it's not so bad for a phone.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2012-11-16

New Moscrack Live

Moscrack Live 0.2b has been released. There is now a persistent USB/raw image in addition to an ISO. They can both be found in the files section.

- Latest mocc daemon and related init scripts
- Friendly instructions after boot
- wpa_supplicant installed for wireless network support

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2012-11-09

Moscrack STABLE coming eventually

1. I am in the process of fixing bugs that have been reported to me
2. I've recruited someone to help me beta test, hunt for bugs, test for ease of use, documentation, etc....

When done, a new "stable" release will be created and made available! Moscrack will no longer be in beta.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2012-07-26

Moscrack 2.07b released

This version includes the plugin framework, 2 plugins and the ability to crack unix password hashes. See release-notes.txt for details.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-05-19

Dehasher 0.3b released

This version includes a utility called "crypt" which can be used for testing your systems ability to generate hashes of different types. Since dehasher uses your local GLIBC crypt() function, this can be useful in determining it's capabilities.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-05-04

Plugin framework progress

It looks like the framework for plugins is complete. There may be things I've overlooked and I'll add those as they occur to me.

I moved the code for Pyrit to a plugin, since the original code was kind of a hack to moscrack and didn't quite fit in cleanly.

Plugin abilities (for potential developers) include:

- moscrack --list lists all plugins, description and help option for each
- can execute code or define values on init immediately after global values, config file
and command line options are processed
- ability to pass command line arguments to a plugin via --plugin key=value
- ability to access/define/modify global configuration and command line options
- ability to define a node type like "pluginName/type"
- ability to support either multiple standard node types, select types or custom types cast onto existing types
- ability to provide plugin based status check or use standard checks, or disable checks
- ability to check command output, extract key, extract speed
- ability to enable or disable plugin based on validation techniques
- plugins can be disabled by renaming - only *.def files are loaded
- plugins can be loaded in order by prefixing with numeric values i.e. 015dehasher.def, 020pyrit.def... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-05-04

Dehasher 0.2a release

This version introduces a proper build environment, README and test suite.

Dehasher is really better than Alpha.. it's stable and works nicely.


Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-27

New Moscrack plugin framework

Since I was looking to add new abilities to Moscrack, like cracking password hashes, I decided to create a plugin framework. I have a working version in SVN. There's a plugin for the "dehasher" utility that I created to demonstrate how it works and add the new feature.

Plugins do not make it really easy to add features to Moscrack, they just give you a standard way of doing it. It still requires understanding how Moscrack works and writing perl code.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-26

Dehasher 0.1a released

Originaly "shahash", now "dehasher". Cracks anything your systems crypt() understands, like SHA, MD5 and Blowfish.

Multithreaded and faster than John the ripper. Small and easy to install. Tested on Linux/Solaris. Don't bother on FreeBSD or Cygwin.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-24

SHA hash bruteforce cracker faster than JTR

I made a sha bruteforce cracker. I wanted to work on something in C (I'm pretty new to it) and I couldn't find a good one, so I made this.

It works using the standard crypt() unix function. On Ubuntu Linux, crypt is actually UFC Crypt (Ultra Fast Crypt), an accelerated implementation made for this purpose.

You can pass it anything that matches this format "$id$salt$encrypted". That is the format used by SHA in modern passwd shadow files at least on Linux. It auto detects the number of cores on your system and *might* compile on BSD systems and windows... you need to pass arguments at compile time and such and I haven't tested any of that.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-24

Bugs in 2.05B

I found a few bugs in 2.05b shortly after release. I have decided to release a bug fix version to correct them shortly. However, you may be interested in what they are.

- Sample moscrack.conf has a number of comments that are missing a preceding '#'. This results in a failure to load the configuration file. This is pretty easy to fix yourself, just look for missing # signs.
- moscrack --help doesn't display the -C|--config command line option which allows the use of an alternate config file.
- moscrack doesn't handle empty nodes.dat lines very well, it should just skip them silently not give errors... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-23

Moscrack 2.05b released

You should upgrade, there are tons of new features.

Make note: The format of nodes.dat and moscrack.conf have changed. Use the samples provided with Moscrack.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-21

Parallel cluster connectivity status check

I've added a command line option to perform a connectivity test of all nodes. It's useful if you want all your nodes to be up before starting and aren't sure if they are. I thought this would be useful as I've had a desire for it sometimes, especially when working with Amazon EC2 nodes.

moscrack --status

It connects to each node using it's normal connectivity method (the same way Moscrack does status checks). All nodes are connected in parallel, so it's pretty fast even with a large cluster.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-19

Amazon EC2

Moscrack works with Amazon EC2. I knew it would, but had to test it to verify. I was disappointed with the results, but I've decided to share them anyways.

I can't afford to pay for high-performance virtual nodes, so I used the free ones (micro images). They are slow as hell. They start fast, get slower over time. They are no good for Moscrack, so don't bother trying.

I managed to connect to 20 nodes at once, no problems. The micro nodes report themselves as being capable of 700 w/s, but they get slower as they use CPU bursting. They are closer to 300 w/s. ... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-19

Ditching Net::SSH::Perl

Moscrack 2.04b uses Net::SSH::Perl, a pure perl implementation of the SSH protocol. It's hard to install and has too many dependencies.

I just noticed it was eating up CPU like crazy on my Moscrack server and can't figure out why. Sorry if this was affecting anyone. My server is a quad core, so until I loaded it with 15 SSH nodes at once, the problem wasn't apparent.

I've replaced it with Net::SSH2 which seems nice because it uses libssh2 directly - it's not a wrapper. I may also replace the external scp command with Net::SSH2 calls later on, but for now it remains the same.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-19

oneShot feature added

Do you have the need to process your whole word list at once, without repeatedly loading small chunks onto your nodes? oneShot does just that. The feature is not for everyone. This will result in a very large chunk size for large word lists. Large chunks amplify some types of errors/failures/etc... Moscrack will also be unable to provide you with any feedback/results until nodes finish, which will take longer.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-18

Automatic chunk size feature added

Moscrack now as a new feature that automatically determines an optimal chunk size based on the time in seconds that you'd like your nodes to process chunks for.

E.g. moscrack.conf file

autoChunkSize = 1
autoChunkSizeTime = 300

This would enable auto chunk sizing, and set the chunk size to whatever your slowest node can process in 300 seconds. Because of the variable chunk size feature in Moscrack, a node twice as fast, will still get twice as much data and therefore still take approximately 300 seconds to process.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-18

Use All Nodes w/ small word lists

Moscrack has a new option in it's configuration file:

useAllNodes - Force using all nodes 1 or 0. Automaticaly reduces your chunkSize if it would otherwise prohibit all nodes from being used. This is useful for when the word list size is small relative to the cluster. This will not make things faster if one or a few nodes can process the whole word list in a short period of time, it will actually make things slower due to the overhead. Enable when splitting a small word list across all nodes would be faster.... read more

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-17

Moscrack CGI

I've started on an early Moscrack CGI. It's quite nice to use and so far does everything that mosctop does, but in your browser with colours and such.

I'm going to put up a screen shot in a moment, check it out.

"moscrack.cgi" is available in SVN. You need to edit one line in it. "my $statusFile =" needs to be set to your moscrack working directory/status file.

Posted by Ryan Babchishin 2011-04-16

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