I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have been handed a couple of old files that need to be extracted. Old backups or finances or bills I believe. They are RAR files, and password protected. Is there a way to extract the hash from these files so I can feed it into John The Ripper or Cain and Abel?


I have downloaded cRARk, but unfortunately nothing I have (SimplyRAR, RAR Expander, The Unarchiver) will extract it without a password. Can someone verify that I'm crazy and there is no password on the Mac version?

  • oddly enough, unrar & 7z on linux extract a bunch of files from the crark RAR, then prompt for a password. the included README file indicates the password is on purpose, to allow testing the utility: "You also may test the cracker on this archive. Run: crark -pcrackme.def crark31.rar" Feb 22, 2010 at 5:54
  • ... so it sounds like you need a better RAR extraction utility, that will extract the unprotected files before prompting for the password. :) Feb 22, 2010 at 5:56
  • tried unrarx? unrarx.com
    – o0'.
    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:28
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    I just d/l'd crark33 for OSX, and the rar password is crark33. Guess i'm a good guesser :-) Oct 9, 2012 at 21:44

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You can bypass the hash extraction altogether and use cRARk instead. cRARk is a freeware command-line RAR password cracking utility available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is also designed to work with CUDA so you may want to take advantage of that if you have a powerful GPU.

One caveat is that it will take very long to crack an archive if you know nothing about the password, and it is > 6 characters in length. If you do know a small detail about the password, such as the approximate number of characters, it allows you to input that as a switch to dramatically shorten cracking time. Even though cRARk is one of the fastest RAR crackers out there using extremely optimized MMX & SSE code, this holds true for any brute force application. When cracking longer passwords, it will take a substantially longer amount of time due to the myriad of possibilities to try.

Here's a sample run of cracking the password 'john':

C:\>crark.exe -c -l4 -g4 Chap7.rar
     cRARk 3.2d (CUDA enabled) Freeware
    Copyright 1995-2001, 2006-09 by P. Semjanov,
     portions (c) 1993-2005 Eugene Roshal
 (c) PSW-soft Password Cracking Library PCL v. 2.0d by P. Semjanov

Testing archive Chap7.rar : version 2.9
Testing     Chap7.rtf
Choosing best crypto functions.................................................
Chosen: ASM  (Prescott/AMD), SSE2 (P4/Core 2) (-f1114)
Ticks per password expected = 40438280, theoretical = 27000000, CPU rate = 0.67

Processing line 56 of password definition file...
Testing 4-chars passwords ...
Passwords tested = 42000 (time = 3:45.00, rate = 186 p/s)
Passwords tested = 78000 (time = 6:58.99, rate = 186 p/s)
john - CRC OK
In hex (PCL style): \6A \6F \68 \6E
Passwords tested = 167844 (time = 15:02.38, rate = 186 p/s)
Total     tested = 167844, slow tests = 20914

Not too shabby ;)

  • +1 better than my answer and missed the osx tag Feb 19, 2010 at 19:58
  • I'll give it a try. Was kinda hoping I'd get an answer before putting the bounty on. :)
    – Josh K
    Feb 20, 2010 at 5:40
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    @Josh when using cRARk it comes with a 'crackme' file. You can extract everything else in the file just fine. The crackme is for you to test the program.
    – John T
    Feb 20, 2010 at 14:36
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    Does anyone know the syntax for doing it on the Mac? I can't work it out... Thanks!
    – Joe
    Mar 5, 2011 at 10:23
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    For Mac is something like "./crark-hp -c -l4 -g4 ../YOURFILE.rar" Dec 12, 2019 at 10:54

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