Extracting accounts and passwords from Novel Netware

anders at cwd.no anders at cwd.no
Sun Jul 30 18:15:21 GMT 2000

The "optional" enctyption you are speaking of was the communication on the

As far as I know 3.x had the passwords stored enctypted like unix, but the
authentification could use both clear-text methodes (for pre 3.x
compatiblity) like telnet, or encrypted like ssh (not same algorithms, but
nice comparison...)


                    James Sutherland                                                                                  
                    <jas88 at cam.ac.uk>            To:     Richard Sharpe <sharpe at ns.aus.com>                           
                    Sent by:                     cc:     samba-technical at samba.org                                    
                    samba-technical-admin        Subject:     Re: Extracting accounts and passwords from Novel        
                    @samba.org                   Netware                                                              
                    30.07.2000 18:34                                                                                  

On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, Richard Sharpe wrote:

> Hi,
> Is there a simple tool for extracting the list of accounts from a Netware
> server?
> Also, are plaintext password recoverable from a Netware server of any
> vintage, or are they all hashed with such a strong hash it is not
> to recover them?

Up to about 3.x the encryption was optional, IIRC? 4.x and later (NDS)
hash them a la Unix - you can get the encrypted version, but decryption is
a matter of brute force, and takes serious time.

A nice simple package for Netware, NT and Unix (PAM) to redirect all auth
to a single tree, containing passwords in all the formats needed (and kept
in sync) might be nice... Some of this is already done, but not all. IIRC,
we'll need to have passwords in NT format for SMB support, as well as
crypt or MD5 for Unix. It's possible to keep two distinct databases in
sync, but being able to point everything at a single database would be


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