Cracking a KeePass Database File using John

Cracking a KeePass Database File using John
Cracking a KeePass Database File using John
Cracking a KeePass Database File using John
Cracking a KeePass Database File using John
Cracking a KeePass Database File using John

In the previous article, we talked about how to use KeePassXC to store, manage, and secure your passwords. Here is the article URL Secure your Passwords with KeePassXC.

In this article, I would like to show you how hackers could crack a KeePass database file using John the Ripper.

What is John the Ripper

John the Ripper is a free, open-source password-cracking tool that helps people find weak or easily guessable passwords or recover lost or forgotten passwords.

Additionally, it can perform dictionary attacks on password hashes and crack many different types of password hashes, including those for popular operating systems and applications.

In order to do this, John the Ripper compares a list of potential passwords (called a “wordlist”) to the password hash. If there is a match, it considers the password cracked and displays the matching password.

Additionally, John the Ripper can use tactics like mangling rules and character substitution to try to crack passwords that are not in the wordlist.”

Extract the hash from the database file

Keepass2John is a tool that can be used to extract password hashes from a KeePass database file and convert them into a format that can be used with John the Ripper. Here is a general outline of how to use Keepass2John:

keepass2john [database_file] > hash.txt

Recovering KeePass Database Key

After extracting the hash from the database file, the next step is to use John to crack the hash.

There is only one parameter you need to specify (–wordlist=) which is the wordlist file path. In our example, we have used the rockyou.txt wordlist that comes by default with Kali Linux.

john –wordlist=”PATH TO WORDLIST” hash.txt

john –wordlist=/usr/share/wordlists/rockyou.txt hash.txt

Protection measures

There are several steps you can take to protect yourself from a brute-force attack:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords: Make sure to use strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, and use a password manager to generate and store secure passwords.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to insert your Yubikey into your machine. This makes it much harder for an attacker to gain access to your account, even if they have your password.
  3. Furthermore, Keep your software and systems up to date: Make sure to keep KeePassXC and your system up to date with the latest security patches and updates. This can help prevent vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit in a brute-force attack.

Following these steps can help protect you from a brute force attack and keep your accounts secure.

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In conclusion, I hope this blog post has helped you to understand and use John the Ripper. It is a powerful tool that I think everyone should know how to use because it can be used for so many things including password recovery, password cracking, and much more.

If there are any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.

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Saad Sarraj

I am a CyberSecurity and Ethical Hacking/Penetration Testing passionate. I am also a TryHackMe Top 1% CTF Player.

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