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Custom charset, I'm lost... - London9 - 10-07-2016

Hello there,

not-so-savvy-with-hashcat user here, need help defining a charset for a brute force attack. I am aware that mask attack is more versatile but in my special case it can be any password from 1-6 characters with characters a not-so-smart human with a German keyboard would choose so brute force it is. So before I let my PC run 3 days with a broken charset, I want to make this right - the documentation is a bit confusing.

What I basically need is a charset that lets me crack a PW from 1-6 characters with every possible combination of


It's not usually my kind of thing to ask help for every little bit and I usually figure stuff out on myself but I fear to waste precious time by running my PC for a long time with the wrong charset. I calculated the time my PC needs for this, it's fine.

Thanks in advance!

RE: Custom charset, I'm lost... - royce - 10-07-2016

You can supply a custom charset using --custom-charset[1-4] files. The ./charsets/ directory has some stock ones, including the ./charsets/standard/German/ directory. You can combine up to four multiple charsets using --custom-charset1, --custom-charset2, etc. Or you can concatenate files to make a custom one.

You can also specific charsets with hex, using --hex-charset.

You can make sure that your setup is working by testing against a short known password hashed with, say, MD5. You can also use the --stdout feature to check your work.

Good luck!

RE: Custom charset, I'm lost... - London9 - 10-07-2016

Thanks for your reply royce!

So if I got this right, creating a new .hcchr file with basically


as content and specifying it by

--custom-charset1 \folder\folder\mycharset.hcchr

does the job?

RE: Custom charset, I'm lost... - London9 - 10-08-2016

So I've tested a lot of variations and I don't seem to be able to do it. Could anyone kindly provide me with the steps needed to do this? No documentation is really useful for me as I want to use a very special charset and all brute force doc is replaced by the infinitely more complex mask attack.

RE: Custom charset, I'm lost... - atom - 10-08-2016

First, you need to know which encoding scheme was used, because if the german umlauts. Was it ISO-8859 or utf-8?