I have to find a way to crack a users "simple" password after I have gained access to the /etc/shadow file.
Now, i have tried using John the Ripper and it is taking years to figure the password out, maybe i am using it wrong but i copied the line in /etc/passwd to a file called passwd.txt and the hashed line in /etc/shadow to a file called shadow.txt.
I then run John the Ripper with: "unshadow passwd.txt shadow.txt", then i copy the output from that command to another file called temp.txt.
I then run John the Ripper again with the command: "john temp.txt"
It seems to be trying to crack it, but it is taking hours.
Does anyone know of a better hash cracker or what am doing wrong, I have to figure this out for a school project so any help would be greatly appreciated.