I'm trying to find the SHA512 hash of the user passwords on OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), I'm aware that you can get the user .plist from:


if the user has used SMB then a SHA1 representation of their password will be stored here however this does not contain the native SHA512 hash.

Everything I've read suggest that the has can be found at:


However when I try to navigate to this directory I can only get as far as


once I get here and try to cd into shadow OS X tells me:

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Does anyone know where I can find the SHA512 hash of the user password on Mavericks?

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Several versions ago, Apple switched from SHA512 hashes to a more secure PBKDF2 hash (based on SHA512, but iterating it many times). As a result, the SHA512 hash doesn't exist any more.

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