Posted on March 18, 2024

This is mostly for my own reference.

Suppose we have a locked pdf. To extract the hash (that we then crack using john), run On nix, this is packaged under John. That is:

nix build nixpkgs#john && ./result/bin/ my.pdf >> hash

Then we can use John to extract the hash. This works like:

nix run nixpkgs#john -- --wordlist=myWordlist hash

Wordlist is a newline delimited file of possible passwords to try. This will output the result of John into a temporary file (though, Im not sure where this is).

To print the passphrase that unlocks the hash (and thereby the pdf):

nix run nixpkgs#john -- --show hash