John the Ripper doesn’t crack passwords when I use wordlists

Title says it all, I can’t tell if John is just crashing or “gives up” on cracking the hash. First I start off by creating an md5 hash out of a word I KNOW is on the rockyou.txt wordlist:

echo -n 'password' | md5sum > testhash 

After removing the hyphen at the end of the test hash file:


Now I attempt to crack the md5 hash using the following John the Ripper command:

john --format=raw-md5 --wordlist= /usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt testhash 

I get the output:

Loaded 1 password hash (Raw-MD5 [MD5 256/256 AVX2 8*3]) No password hashes left to crack (see FAQ) 

Then I run:

john --show testhash 

Which outputs:

0 password hashes cracked, 2 left 

Sorry if I’m doing something terribly wrong, but I’m at a loss here. I’m assuming it’s something wrong with how my installation of John on Kali Linux is handling the wordlist. Thank you in advance!

How do I patch Hydra to run large wordlists?

I am on a Kali Linux 2019.1a 64-bit Live USB 128GB with Persistance. My normal OS is Windows 10 Pro. My question is…How do I patch Hydra or Kali to allow larger wordlists? Bigger than rockyou? I have crackstation. I read to try this script below but I don’t know where to put it. So how do I use large wordlists (15GB)? Where do I enter the script? Please reply. Thanks

split -l MAX_LENGTH –additional-suffix=”.lst” words.lst words_

for user in words_.lst do for pass in words_.lst do hydra [[options] …] -L “$ {user}” -P “$ {pass}” [[args] …] done done rm -v words_*.lst