[Samba] cracking smbpasswd

Julian Pilfold-Bagwell jools at oss4all.plus.com
Sat Aug 5 01:41:11 GMT 2006

Hi all,

I'm currently migrating from tdbsam to LDAP and want to restructure my setup 
at the same time. I can get the SIDs for the user and machine accounts using 
pdbedit -Lv | grep SID but I have 800 users so I don't want to reset their 

So far, I've dumped the contents of the tdbsam database into an smbpasswd 
backup file and am running john-the-ripper across it. It's succeeding in 
cracking the passwords but they only come out at max 8 characters and in 
capitals. Has anyone got any experience with JTR and smbpasswd? 

All advice gratefully received,


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