“john –format=md5” caused “Unknown ciphertext format name requested” error


  • This is known md5 hash for Kioptrix: Level 1.1 (#2)

Linux unshadow file

wolf@linux:~$   cat md5hash.txt  root:$  1$  FTpMLT88$  VdzDQTTcksukSKMLRSVlc.:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash john:$  1$  wk7kHI5I$  2kNTw6ncQQCecJ.5b8xTL1:500:500::/home/john:/bin/bash harold:$  1$  7d.sVxgm$  3MYWsHDv0F/LP.mjL9lp/1:501:501::/home/harold:/bin/bash wolf@linux:~$    

md5hash only

wolf@linux:~$   cat md5hash_only.txt  $  1$  FTpMLT88$  VdzDQTTcksukSKMLRSVlc. $  1$  wk7kHI5I$  2kNTw6ncQQCecJ.5b8xTL1 $  1$  7d.sVxgm$  3MYWsHDv0F/LP.mjL9lp/1 wolf@linux:~$    

Since I know that these are md5 format, I used --format=md5 option in john.

Unfortunately, I’m getting Unknown ciphertext format name requested error.

wolf@linux:~$   john --format=md5 md5hash.txt  Unknown ciphertext format name requested wolf@linux:~$     wolf@linux:~$   john --format=md5 md5hash_only.txt  Unknown ciphertext format name requested wolf@linux:~$    

I’ve verified that the format is similar with pentestmonkey cheat-sheet

Any idea what’s wrong here?