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http://www.aychedee.com/2012/03/14/etc_shadow-password-hash-formats/

From the above article I can see the password can be encrypt in abot 6 different ways to genereate the hash in the format of $1$ ...

However, when I read the shadow file of my machine, I get something like this

root:l2tdfsoZQxobQ:15743:0:99999:7:::
bin:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
daemon:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
adm:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
lp:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
sync:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
shutdown:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
halt:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
mail:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
news:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
uucp:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
operator:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
games:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
gopher:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
ftp:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
nobody:*:13653:0:99999:7:::
dbus:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
vcsa:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
rpm:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
haldaemon:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
pcap:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
nscd:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
named:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
netdump:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
sshd:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
rpc:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
mailnull:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
smmsp:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
rpcuser:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
nfsnobody:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
apache:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
squid:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
webalizer:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
xfs:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
ntp:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::
mysql:!!:13653:0:99999:7:::

For the root password, it is like l2tdfsoZQxobQ, so what encryption method did the system use for this password?

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  • It's worth noting that DES is fairly easy to crack. You should change your root password and never use it again.
    – bahamat
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 21:54

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If the hashing algorithm isn't listed in the password field, it's usually because it's in traditional DES-based crypt form. The hash you've provided even looks like a crypt hash.

Examples of what other DES hashes look like:

[root@xxx601 ~]# openssl passwd -crypt myPass
7BQrU5yVqiGqU
[root@xxx601 ~]# openssl passwd -crypt newPass
Mbq6MsDxJOsow
[root@xxx601 ~]#

Crypt hashes are typically the weakest possible hashes for a variety of reasons. Not the least of which is that it can only support passwords up to eight characters so all characters after the eighth are just ignored.

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  • Will it be decrypt easily? Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 15:31
  • Relative to other hashing algorithms yeah. Brute forcing isn't quick no matter the hashing algorithm though.
    – Bratchley
    Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 15:32
  • I theory hashes can not be decrypted, (not by anyone, not by the computer, no way, no how). However sometimes hash algorithms are weak. There is also the brute force method. Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 15:43
  • Can that be DES? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Encryption_Standard Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 16:16
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    @TimothyLeung Yes, this is the historical DES-based hash, and it can be decrypted now. The algorithm itself is still considered strong in that it can only be cracked by brute force, but brute force is only 56 bits which is doable with today's computing power. So do consider your password compromised now that you've posted this hash on the Internet. Commented Dec 31, 2014 at 22:39

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