Re: Cracking simple password encryption

On 12/22/05, S.A.B.R.O. Net Security <sabronet@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> It almost appears to be or very close to a simple Base64 scheme with
> maybe a shift or substitution somewhere.
> For example, your patterns :
> a aQ==
> b cg==
> c ew==
> Now heres the results of a true Base64 encrypt :
> a YQ==
> b Yg==
> c Yw==
> As you see the results are very close. Hope this helps some.

Yes it does look like it is base64 now. I have a few more passwords
that I put into html at Also on
that page is the base64 decoded values and hex values of the

I feel like I am very close to getting this. It looks like each
character is 3bits left and XORed with itself. Characters after the
first are XORed with the previous shifted right 5 bits. However every
fourth character is treated differently if the password is longer than
3 characters. I haven't figured that part out yet.

Here is some C# code that correctly encodes up to 3 characters:

private static byte[] Encode(byte[] a)
byte[] c = new byte[a.Length];
for (int i = 0; i < a.Length; i++)
c[i] = (byte)(a[i] ^ (a[i] << 3));
if (i > 0)
c[i] = (byte)(c[i] ^ (a[i - 1] >> 5));
return c;

Since we found a utility that will reverse the encoding, this I don't
really need to get this anymore. At this point it is purely for
entertainment :)

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