Salted vs Unsalted SHA-512
Hi Guys,
I can't find any stats on performance of cracking SHA-512 vs SSHA512, Can anyone help ?
The purpose of a salt is not to make it slower but to defeat multihash techniques and any forms of precomputation (like RT). In some cases salted hashes are exactly as fast as unsalted ones (if cracking a single hash).
If you mean simple salting (and not salting+stretching like sha512crypt), then performance scales directly with the keyspace of the salt.

The attack has to try all possible salts. If the salt space is small, or if many of the hashes have the same salt, attack efficiency increases accordingly. But at the benchmark level, the "hashes per second" performance is about the same - but the total number of hash attempts is multiplied by the keyspace of the salt, so your time to full exhaustion goes up accordingly.

Selected benchmarks for 6x 1080 and hashcat 4.1.0:
Hashmode: 6500 - AIX {ssha512} (Iterations: 64)          33046.4 kH/s
Hashmode: 1720 - sha512($salt.$pass)                     5642.0 MH/s
Hashmode: 1710 - sha512($pass.$salt)                     6330.7 MH/s
Hashmode: 1711 - SSHA-512(Base64), LDAP {SSHA512}        6335.3 MH/s
Hashmode: 1700 - SHA-512                                 6344.3 MH/s

Notice that performance drops slightly if the salt is in front of the password, vs appended to it. This is because of certain performance optimizations in hashcat relative to the left-hand-side of the candidate password.