How to crack, an approach
How to crack, tools and tricks of the trade LESSON 2
How to crack, hands on, paper protections LESSON 3.1 3.2
How to crack, hands on, time limits LESSON 4.1 4.2
How to crack, hands on, disk-CDrom access LESSON 5
How to crack, funny tricks LESSON 6
How to crack, intuition and luck LESSON 7
How to crack windows, an approach LESSON 8.1 8.2
How to crack windows, tools of the trade LESSON 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4
How to crack, advanced cracking LESSON A
How to crack, zen-cracking LESSON B
How to crack, cracking as an art LESSON C.1 C.2 C.3
How to crack INDEX
THE [DATA_CONSTRAINT] TRICK - [WINFORMANT 4]
I have chosen an older windows application for Win 3.1.
(WIN4MANT.EXE, 562271 bytes, Version 1.10, by Joseph B. Albanese;
you'll find it searching the web with the usual tools, see how
to do it at the end of this lesson), in order to show you how to
use a nice little trick, at times really useful in cracking
password protected programs: [data_constraint]. Inside almost all
protection routines, as you have already learned, there is a
moment when on the stack the ECHO of the real, "correct"
passnumber or password appears. The location of this ECHO varies,
but most of the time it'll be in a range of +- 0x90 bytes from
one of the locations where the user input dwells. This is due to
datadump windows constraints inside the tools used by the
protectionists... but this use is bound to diminish... especially
after this lesson :=)
This application is -per se- crappy, I doubt you'll ever use
it... but its curious (and pretty rare) "deactivate" mode is
nevertheless very interesting for us: you can "unregister"
Winformant on the fly if you feel the need to.
This feature is pretty useful for scholars that like to
investigate password algorithms with valid and invalid codes
without having to reinstall every time to delete a valid code.
For your cracking exercises choose programs that have
"REVERSIBLE" protections (rare) or that can be re-registered a
billion times (more frequent). Programs that keep the valid
registration on *.ini or special files will also do the job: you
just change a couple of lines to "unregister" them.
The trick of this lesson: [data_constraint], or "password
proximity", bases on the protectionist's need to keep an eye on
the protection "working" when he assembles it. He must "see" the
relationships between USER INPUT NUMBER, USER INPUT TRANSFORMED
and the CORRECT NUMBER ANSWER (in our jargon: the "Bingo"). These
relationships must be constantly checked In order to debug the
protection code. Mostly they will dwell TOGETHER inside a small
stack area, allowing them to be "seen" in the SAME watchwindow.
Most of the time, therefore, the "ECHO" will "materialize"
shortly not very far away from one of the locations of the USER
INPUT. Let's crack:
* Fire Winice and then Winformant
* Choose HELP and then choose REGISTRATION
* Fill the registration fields with "+ORC+ORC" as "Registrant"
and "12121212" as "Activation" code (use whatever you fancy).
CTRL+D ;switch to Winice
:task ;let's see what's the name of this crap
TaskName SS:SP StackTop StackBot StackLow TaskDB hQueue Events
WINWORD 1AD7:85F2 4A52 8670 7532 1247 122F 0000
PROGMAN 1737:200A 0936 2070 1392 066F 07F7 0000
DISKOMAT *2C5F:6634 1D3C 6AC6 5192 2CB7 2C9F 0000
:hwnd DISKOMAT ;which window is getting the input?
WinHandle Hqueue QOwner Class Name Window Procedure
0EB4(0) 2C9F DISKOMAT #32769 04A7:9E6B
0F34(1) 2C9F DISKOMAT #32768 USER!BEAR306
365C(1) 2C9F DISKOMAT #32770 2C3F:0BC6
36BC(2) 2C9F DISKOMAT Button 2C3F:1CEA
3710(2) 2C9F DISKOMAT Edit 2C3F:24BE
... and many more irrelevant windows.
Let's pinpoint the code, here the relevant window is the first
"Edit" one, for obvious reasons (more on this later).
:bmsg 3710 wm_gettext ;set breakpoint
CTRL+D ;run the babe until you get:
Break Due to BMSG 3710 WM_GETTEXT C=01
Hwnd=3710 wParam=0050 lParam=2C5F629A msg=000D WM_GETTEXT
2C3F:000024BE B82F2C MOV AX,2C2F
So! Now we have "pinpointed" the babe (more on "pinpointing"
later). Let's snoop around a little: look at the stack to fetch
your babe's last call (if it does not show immediately, just keep
pinpointing, for instance on GetWindowText() or do a BPRW
diskomat (very useful), and then try and retry the stack...
should this too fail to work, search for your input in memory (in
the 30:0 lffffffff selector, as usual) and breakpoint range on
it with ReadWrite, and then stack, stack, stack... until you get
the "real" list of calls coming from your babe's protection.
:stack ; let's see
USER(19) at 073F:124C [?] through 073F:1239
CTL3D(02) at 2C3F:0D53 [?] through 2C3F:0D53
DISKOMAT(01) at 2C97:20B9 [?] through 2C97:20B9
DISKOMAT(01) at 2C97:3D94 [?] through 2C97:3D94
DISKOMAT(01) at 2C97:49E2 [?] through 2C97:4918
DISKOMAT(04) at 2C7F:EA20 [?] through 2C7F:EA20
USER(01) at 04A7:19BE [?] through USER!GETWINDOWTEXT
== CTL3D(02) at 2C3F:24BE [?] through 04A7:3A3Cæ
Beautiful stack fishing! Do immediately a BPX on babe:EA20.
2C7F:EA35 9A25ABA704 CALL USER!GETWINDOWTEXT
2C7F:EA3A 8D46AE LEA AX,[BP-52] ;load ptr "+ORC+ORC"
2C7F:EA3D 16 PUSH SS ;save pointer segment
2C7F:EA3E 50 PUSH AX ;save pointer offset
2C7F:EA3F 9A768D872C CALL 2C87:8D76; get strlen "ORC+ORC"
2C7F:EA44 83C404 ADD SP,+04
2C7F:EA47 3D2800 CMP AX,0028
2C7F:EA4A 762C JBE EA78
2C7F:EA97 8D46AE LEA AX,[BP-52] ;load ptr "+ORC+ORC"
2C7F:EA9A 16 PUSH SS ;various algors on input
2C7F:EA9B 50 PUSH AX ;follow here, we do not
... ;need to care
2C7F:EAB2 0F851101 JNE EBC7
2C7F:EAB6 8D8E5CFF LEA CX,[BP+FF5C] ;ptr "12121212"
2C7F:EABA 16 PUSH SS
2C7F:EABB 51 PUSH CX
2C7F:EABC 9A768D872C CALL 2C87:8D76 ;get strlen "12121212"
2C7F:EAC1 83C404 ADD SP,+04
2C7F:EAC4 50 PUSH AX
2C7F:EAC5 8D865CFF LEA AX,[BP+FF5C] ;ptr "12121212" HERE!
2C7F:EAC9 16 PUSH SS
2C7F:EACA 50 PUSH AX
...etc, various algors on input follow here
OK, it's enough: now obviously follows the code that
"algorithmize" the number string, and then, somewhere, you'll
have the hideous compare that divides good guys and bad crackers.
You could examine, and crack, and search...
BUT NOW IT'S THE "MAGIC MOMENT" OF THE ECHO! We know and *feel*
it: The echo must be somewhere... how do we find it? Searching
"12121212" in memory fishes at least 10 different locations...
:s 30:0 lffffffff '12121212'
Pattern Found at 0030:0005AD6A
.... (7 more)
Pattern Found at 0030:80509D6A
Pattern Found at 0030:8145AD6A
Should we look for all occurrences of string '12121212',
starting with the two at 80000000, dumping +-0x90 around it...
until we find the echo? We could, and it would work, but that's
not zen... that's boring! In other protections these locations
could proliferate on purpose, to deter the casual cracker. There
must be some other way... And lo and behold! YES! There is a
quicker way... THE LAST loading of the numeric input string in
the code (the one after the strlen count) is the "right" one for
our cracking purposes, coz protections follow (mostly) this
pattern (remember: we are inside a "stack-heavy" section of the
code... if you want to crack higher I suggest you read some good
literature about stack working, stack tricks and stack magics
with the Intel processors):
LOAD NAMEString - COUNT NAMEStringLen
LOAD NAMEString - TRANSFORM NAMEString
LOAD CODEString - COUNT CODEStringLen
*ECHO must be here*
*ECHO must be here*
COMPARE TRANSFORMED_NAMEString WITH TRANSFORMED_CODEString
This means that at line
2C7F:EAC5 8D865CFF LEA AX,[BP+FF5C] ;ptr "12121212"
you'll already have your echo somewhere... just dump the memory
around the pointer [BP+FF5C]:
:d 2c5f:61e8 ;these numbers will differ in your computer
02 62 2F 06 02 00 26 2E-A3 4E A3 4E 01 00 38 30 .b/...&..N.N..80
33 37 2D 36 34 36 2D 33-38 33 36 00 01 06 02 00 37-646-3836.....
2F 06 75 62 C3 2E B7 04-F2 24 2F 06 CE 6E 2F 06 /.ub.....$/..n/.
49 00 5A 00 01 00-04 2C 2F 06 AE 24 36 62 00 00 I.Z......,/..$6b
74 62 7A 2E B7 04 36 62-01 00 C2 62 2F 2C 26 2E tbz...6b...b/,&.
03 01 BA 0F AE 24 5F 02-C9 01 5E 02 BA 01 5F 02 .....$_...^..._.
31 32 31 32 31 32 31 32-00 0C 00 BC 02 00 00 00 12121212........
00 49 00 BA 0F-AE 24 F2 24 2F 06 00 00 00 00 00 ....I....$.$/...
AF 17 00 E2 5F-7A 62 FE FF 79 1B BA 0F 00 00 00 ......._zb..y...
96 0B 01 00 02 4E 00-37 01 8A 62 D2 0F 8F 17 00 .....N..7..b....
2F 06 00 37 01-98 62 20 10 16 03 2F 06 00 00 00 /.....7..b .../.
C2 62 2B 4F 52 43 2B 4F-52 43 00 0D AE 24 2F 06 .b+ORC+ORC......
Look at this dump: everybody is there! The stack pointers points
in the middle, at string "12121212". 0x50 bytes before it you'll
find our good old ECHO (i.e. the CORRECT passnumber) and 0x50
bytes afterwards you'll see your handle: here "+ORC+ORC".
It's cracked! The code for my "+ORC+ORC" is 8037-646-3836...
Now begin your assignments: if you rally want to learn cracking:
- "Unregister" and find anew your own code for your own
handle. *DO NOT* use serial numbers with any other name
that your own handle, that's miserable stealing, not
cracking. I'll begin to punish the serial#_aficionados on
the Web, coz I like real outlaws, but I detest stupid
- Study the two coding algorithms, the one for the input name
and the one for the input number, this will be very useful
for your future cracking sessions.
- Find the "Compare", i.e. the code that sets the two usual
flags "good guy, you may move on" and "bad cracker, beggar
- Create a "real" crack for this protection, that will allow
anybody you think deserves it, with any name and any
password number, to get through.
[CRACKING SNAP 32]
Snap 32 (SNAP32.EXE 356.352 bytes, 24/11/95, Version 2.54,
by Greg Kochaniak) is a "snapshot" shareware program for Windows
95, that allows users to save the screen, parts of it, or a
single window. It's a very common 'try before you buy' program,
limited to 30 days use. You'll find it everywhere on the Web. If
you do not know how to search the Web (poor guy!), learn at the
end of this lesson the correct procedure to find all the files
you need on the Net and get them automatically emailed to you
(that's something you should learn: SEARCHING! It's even more
important than cracking!).
Snap32 is not very interesting (I don't think I used it more
than a couple of times), but its protection is: in order to (try
to) deter casual crackers it does not compare strings, it
compares a "magic" sum (from Namestring) with another magic sum
(from Numberstring). And:
* SUMS magics inside the GDI, not inside its own code;
* USES a look_up table for input validation instead of
* COMPARES the "magic" manipulation from input NUMBER with
the "magic" manipulation from input NAME.
The cracking procedure for most of these windows programs is
pretty simple and relatively straightforward:
1) SEE THE NAME OF YOUR BABE AND ITS QUEUE SELECTOR
:task ;This is the Winice95 command you type after firing
snap32 and getting at the "Enter License" nag window:
TaskName SS:SP StckTp StckBt StckLw TaskDB Hqueue Events
Snap32 0000:0000 006 AC000 006B0000 270E D27 0000
OK, the babe is Snap32,it's HQUEUE is 0xD27, it's TaskDB is
2) SEE THE MODULES OF YOUR BABE:
:map32 snap32 ;Your command
Owner Obj Name Obj# Address Size Type
SNAP32 .text 0001 0137:00401000 00043000 CODE RO
SNAP32 .rdata 0002 013F:00444000 00002E00 IDATA RO
SNAP32 .data 0003 013F:00447000 00009000 IDATA RW
SNAP32 .idata 0004 013F:00471000 00001C00 IDATA RW
SNAP32 .rsrc 0005 013F:00473000 00001600 IDATA RO
SNAP32 .reloc 0006 013F:00475000 00004C00 IDATA RO
OK, so the code is in selector 137:(as usual), and you have there
43000 bytes of code from 401000 to 401000+43000; the DATA,
ReadWrite and ReadOnly, are in selector 13F: (as usual).
3) SEE THE HANDLE OF THE PROTECTION "NAG" WINDOW
:hwnd snap32 ;Your command
Window Handle Hqueue SZ Qowner Class Name Window Procedure
0350(1) 0D27 32 SNAP32 #02071 144F:0560
0354(2) 0D27 32 SNAP32 #02071 17CF:102E
... and many more windows that we do not care of.
OK, so, for our cracking purposes, it's Handle 0x350. Most of
the times the "nag" window you want to crack will be the first
one in the hwnd listing (coz it was the last one to appear).
Watch the number in parentheses that follows the Whandle: (1) is
a mother, (2) are "children" windows. At times you'll find under
"Class Name" something like "Edit" (see before the Winformant
cracking)... SNIFF THERE! At times the "Window Procedure" code
location in a list of more than twenty, will be slightly
different for one or two windows... SNIFF THERE!
4) BREAKPOINT MESSAGE WM_GETTEXT (or any other WM_ that you can
think of in order to "pinpoint" the code of our babe).
"Pinpointing" the code is extremely important in windows
cracking... this idiotic OS moves code, data and stack out and
inside the pages all the time... so you'll keep getting on
"INVALID" sections without a correct pinpointing. Good
Pinpointing points are in general:
BMSG xxxx WM_GETTEXT (good for passwords)
BMSG xxxx WM_COMMAND (good fro OK buttons)
BPRW *your babe* TW (good for tracking)
u USER!GETWINDOWTEXT (u and then BPX inside the code)
u GETDLGITEM (for the Hwnd of an Item inside a
CSIP NOT GDI (if you have too many interferences)
u USER!SHOWWINDOW (bpx with counter occurrence to get to
the "right" window)
u GETSYSTEMTIME (for "time-crippled" software)
and many others pinpointing points you'll learn. If you are
really desperate for pinpointing, just do a BMSG xxxx WM_MOVE and
then move the nag window, this will always work. Let's go on:
:bmsg 350 wm_gettext ;Your command
OK, so the code is ready to be pinpointed.
5)RUN THE PROGRAM TO THE BREAKPOINT:
CTRL+D ;Your command to exit Winice and run
until it pops out at breakpoint
OK, now you pop out inside Winice somewhere... (look at the stack
to know where) so the code has been pinpointed.
6) SEARCH THE DATA AREA for your input string (4 Gigabytes from
30:0... remember that DATA are *always* in 30:0 to 30:FFFFFFFF
and CODE is *always* in 28:0 to 28:FFFFFFFF). In most protection
the "registration_number" string must match the "username"
string, which cannot be constrained, in order to allow users to
choose whatever stupid name they fancy. Some protections requires
fixed symbols inside the "username" string, though... in these
rare eventualities, just apply to the "username" string what
we'll do here with the "registration_number" string. The point
to remember is: begin always with the protection fumbling your
number, crack only if necessary the protection that fumbles your
name. Let's search now.
:s 30:0 lffffffff '12121212' ;Your command
Pattern Found at 0030:80308612
80000000 is good. Lower era videos, mirrors and BIOS, higher
(around C0000000) you have the OS dustbins... the point to
remember is: investigate always FIRST the 80000000 locations.
7) BREAKPOINT ON MEMORY RANGE ON THIS STRING.
By the way: prepare a watch window dex 3 es:di, you'll soon see
how useful such an automated watchwindow is in password cracking.
:bpr 30:80308612 30:80308612+8 RW ;Your command
OK Now we'll begin to dig out the relevant parts of the code.
Remember that you must breakpoint *every* copy of the string that
protection generates. A typical copy routine, very frequently
used in windows copy protection schemes, dwells inside
0117:9E8E 66C1E902 SHR ECX,02
0117:9E92 F36766A5 REPZ MOVSD ;makes a copy in es:di
0117:9E96 6659 POP ECX
0117:9E98 6683E103 AND ECX,+03
0117:9E9C F367A4 REPZ MOVSB
0117:9E9F 33D2 XOR DX,DX
In fact, this piece of copying code is so often used for password
verifications that sometimes you just need to bpx on 0117:9E92
to get the correct stack sequence... but let's, for now, continue
without such little tricks: just keep on BPRring (Breakpoint on
memory range) all copies that protection makes.
8) LET THE BABE RUN, it will breakpoint on all manipulations of
your input string. One of them will lead to the magic.
8.1.) VALIDATION phase
There are many routines that check and "validate" your inputs.
The most common ones check that your numbers ARE really numbers,
i.e. in the range 0x30-0x39. Usually this is done with:
At times the protectionists use TABLES instead... The number
itself is used as a pointer to a "ready made" table where the
relevant magic can be used as a protection. Imagine that a number
4 in your input points to a code section that throws you
immediately outside the validation routine... or imagine that a
number 7, if found in your input, fetches a magic code that
removes the whole program from your harddisk (or worse): "Ah, ah!
Stupid cracker will never know that he should not have used
number 4... and definitely not number 7! Next time he'll
learn..." Yes, tables have been used for such nasty tricks.
Here the relevant code for the "validation" part of our
protection (still checking my favourite input string '12121212'):
0137:4364AE 8A16 MOV DL,[ESI] ;load license number
0137:4364B0 33C0 XOR EAX,EAX ;zero AX
0137:4364B2 668B0451 MOV AX,[ECX+2*EDX] ;look table for 84
0137:4364B6 83E008 AND EAX,+08 ;OK if AND'S TO zero
0137:4364B9 85C0 TEST EAX,EAX ;and therefore
0137:4364BB 7403 JZ 004364C0 ;go on
0137:4364BD 46 INC ESI ; ready for next number
0137:4364BE EBCD JMP 0043648D
0137:4364C0 33DB XOR EBX,EBX ;clean BX
0137:4364C2 8A1E MOV BL,[ESI] ;load license number
0137:4364C4 46 INC ESI ;ready for next
0137:4364C5 8BFB MOV EDI,EBX ;save copy
0137:4364C7 83FB2D CMP EBX,+2D ;is it a "-"?
0137:4364CA 7405 JZ 004364D1
0137:4364CC 83FB2B CMP EBX,+2B ;is it a "+"?
8.2.) MANIPULATION (summing magic numbers)
Your wisely set breakpoints on memory range for the occurrence
of the string "12121212" will pop you out, inter alia, inside
following piece of code (note how this part of protection dwells
inside GDI, and NOT inside the code selector of snap32):
0557:11BD 33C0 XOR EAX,EAX ;zero AX
0557:11BF 66648B06 MOV AX,FS:[ESI] ;load number
0557:11C3 83C602 ADD ESI,+02 ;point to next
0557:11C6 66833C4700 CMP WORD PTR [EDI+2*EAX],+00
0557:11CB 0F8424010000 JE 000012F5
0557:11D1 668B0442 MOV AX,[EDX+2*EAX] ;load from magic table
0557:11D5 03D8 ADD EBX,EAX ;save sum in EBX
0557:11D7 49 DEC ECX ;till we are done
0557:11D8 75E5 JNZ 000011BF ;loop along
Interesting, isn't it? Protection is using this GDI routine to
create a SUM (through pointers to another table) that depends on
your very input numbers. We are now very near to the crack... can
you *feel* it? If not, prepare yourself a good Martini Vodka!
This is the correct way to do it:
* Get a "highball" glass;
* Put some ice cubes inside it (2 or 3);
* Add Martini Dry (From Martini & Rossi). Fill to 1/3;
* Add Moskowskaja Wodka (the only real Vodka). Fill to 2/3;
* Add a zest of lemon (From Malta or Southern France);
* Add a green "sound" olive (from Italy or Israel);
* Add Schweppes Indian Tonic. Fill to the brim.
Sit deeper and relax, sip slowly and *feel* where the code of the
protection scheme you are cracking "moves"... It's like a
current... a slow tide. If you still do not believe me, just try
We'll now find out where protection stores the "magic" sum (and
now you'll pop out inside the very own snap32 code, this is the
"real" protection part):
8.3.) The ludicrous "HIDING" of the magic sum
0137:40437E 83C404 ADD ESP,+04
0137:404381 8B4DE8 MOV ECX,[EBP-18]
0137:404384 8945F0 MOV [EBP-10],EAX ;***HERE!***
0137:404387 68FF000000 PUSH 000000FF
0137:40438C 8D8574FBFFFF LEA EAX,[EBP+FFFFFB74] ;load string
0137:404392 50 PUSH EAX ;push it
0137:404393 E886410100 CALL 0041851E ;manipulate
0137:404398 8D8574FBFFFF LEA EAX,[EBP+FFFFFB74] ;load string
0137:40439E 50 PUSH EAX ;push it
0137:40439F E88C210300 CALL 00436530 ;manipulate
As you can see, the protection is very simple: The "magic" sum
is hidden only two lines before the further manipulations of the
input string. We have found location 137:404384, here, in the
CORRECT way, through bprring of the string that has been
manipulated in the GDI, but actually, we could have found it
quickly just checking superficially what's happening "around" all
manipulations of the input string. Do we really need to follow
all manipulations of our registration_number and eventually also
all manipulation of our username? NO, not at all: we just set a
BPR on the stack location where protection hides the sum [EBP-10]
and we'll see what happens: 90% of these protections just create
two sums, a sum from your username and a sum from your
registration_number... somewhere there will be a compare that
must use this location (or a copy of it... we'll see).
8.4.) COMPARING THE MAGICS FROM THE TWO INPUT STRING
Breakpoint on memory range on the sum location [EBP-10] that you
saw in the previous code and you'll land at this piece of code:
0137:404412 E82F050000 CALL 00404946
0137:404417 83C40C ADD ESP,+0C
0137:40441A 3B45F0 CMP EAX,[EBP-10] ;comp AX & magicsum
0137:40441D 740F JZ 0040442E
0137:40441F 68C0874400 PUSH 004487C0
0137:404424 E8149E0000 CALL 0040E23D
0137:404429 83C404 ADD ESP,+04
0137:40442C EB5B JMP 00404489
0137:40442E 893DA0714400 MOV [004471A0],EDI
0137:404434 85FF TEST EDI,EDI
That's it, you have made it! We found the compare between the
"username" magic number (for my "+ORC+ORC" string that's here
0x7C25621B) in AX (we do not need to know how this landed
there... it's irrelevant!) and the "license_number" '12121212'
(whose magic is here 0x00B8F47C) stored in [pointer-10.] How do
we find now the correct INPUT number for +ORC+ORC? Well, it's
easy... the "magic number" must be the same... therefore:
That was it. Old Snap32 has been cracked. You could now
prepare a crack in order to distribute this program around
without its simple protection. Good cracked applications should
be given free (i.e. cracked) to all the people that NEED them and
do not have the money to buy them. Don't forget that in this
intolerable society the 0,5% of the citizens own the 56% of the
industrial capital and the 63% of the propaganda machines (data
from US researchers... therefore suspect... the real situation
is probably even worser) effectively conditioning the destiny of
millions of slaves, moronized by television watching. So crack
the applications and give them to the people you care and the
peolple that need them, but for the others... just EXPLAIN
everybody how you did it... this is real help: giving knowledge,
not wares. DO NOT use my handle and my codes to crack this
program, get yours, I gave you mine only as an help for this
cracking lesson. I have showed you the way enough... THIEFS, not
crackers, use the codes that others have found. You are (gonna
be) CRACKERS! Remember it, look straight ahead, crack accurately
and keep your tommy in.
HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET FOR FILES WITHOUT MOVING A FINGER
It's amazing: most of the people roaming around inside Internet
DO NOT know how to use effectively the web. I'll be very
altruistic and explain how to fetch the very example of Snap32,
the babe we cracked in this lesson.
1) Choose an archie from this list (I will not explain you what
an archie is, you should know it... if you do not, be ashamed):
archie.univie.ac.at 184.108.40.206 Austria
archie.belnet.be 220.127.116.11 Belgium
archie.funet.fi 18.104.22.168 Finland
archie.univ-rennes1.fr 22.214.171.124 France
archie.th-darmstadt.de 126.96.36.199 Germany
archie.ac.il 188.8.131.52 Israel
archie.unipi.it 184.108.40.206 Italy
archie.uninett.no 220.127.116.11 Norway
2) Email a message to your archie:
To: archie.univie.ac.at (for instance)
Subject: (nothing on this field)
Body: set search sub (substrings too)
set maxhits 140 (max 140 hits)
set maxhitspm 9 (not the same file all over)
find snap32 (we want this)
3) After a while you'll get (per email) your answer: Here the
answer from the Austrian archie
Host ftp.wu-wien.ac.at (18.104.22.168)
Last updated 17:48 9 Aug 1995
FILE -rw-r----- 128957 bytes 15:59 16 Jun 1995 snap32.zip
Host space.mit.edu (22.214.171.124)
Last updated 00:45 4 Mar 1996
FILE -rw-r--r-- 407040 bytes 11:55 28 Nov 1995 snap32.exe
4) ftpmail your file (Browsing is no good: too busy and lame).
Again, I will not explain you what an FTPMAIL server is: learn
it by yourself... choose a good one from this list (there are
many more... you'll learn):
firstname.lastname@example.org (South Africa)
email@example.com (United Kingdom)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org. (for instance)
Subject: (leave blank)
Body: open space.mit.edu (the last occurrence that
the archie sent)
cd/pub/mydir (get the correct subdir)
bin (prepare for BINARY)
get snap32.exe (I want this)
5) Your FTPMAIL server will first notice you a receipt:
FTP EMAIL response...
ftpmail has received the following job from you:
open space.mit.edu +ORC@now.here
ftpmail has queued your job as: 1834131821.5514
Your priority is 1 (0 = highest, 9 = lowest)
Requests to sunsite.doc.ic.ac.uk will be done before other jobs.
There are 14 jobs ahead of this one in the queue.
4 ftpmail handlers available.
To remove send a message to ftpmail containing just:
After a while you'll get a second message, with your file
uuencoded inside... everything has been done.
YESSIR! there is absolutely no need to loose time on the WWW,
"surfing" idiotically from a junk site to the next or waiting
hours to download some slow file from an instable server! Wasting
time of your own LIFE, that you could use to read poetry, to make
love, to look at the stars, to sail slowly between the Aegean
islands or to start a nice cracking session. What's the point of
wasting your time when machines can perform all the searches you
need better, more productively and faster than you ever could...
YESSIR! You can get *everything* on the Web, and without paying
your Internet provider more than a couple of dimes... Nice, isn't
By now, if you have followed all my lessons, you should be able
to crack relatively quickly "normal" applications. There are some
new projects for 1997: a cracking "university", that will allow
us to prepare for the divine war against Microsoft repulsive
dominion. If you do not have already chosen your handle (your
"cracker" name, that's it), you may consider choosing an handle
with a "+" somewhere inside it or, eventually, add a "+" to your
handle. This sign is used by me and by friends that have studied
and/or contributed. But a "+" in your handle ("official +ORC
cracker") will mean even more:
1) allows support from me personally (on a "do ut des" basis)
2) allows pupils to identify each other (good for joining
3) will open you (eventually) the doors to the "higher"
cracking university I'll set up on the Web in 1997.
(I'm not getting megalomaniac... In reality I only need a "quick"
method to know on which (anonymous) people I can count on for the
Well, that's it for this lesson, reader. Not all lessons of my
tutorial are on the Web.
You 'll obtain the missing lessons IF AND ONLY IF you mail
me back (via anon.penet.fi) with some tricks of the trade I may
not know that YOU discovered. Mostly I'll actually know them
already, but if they are really new you'll be given full credit,
and even if they are not, should I judge that you "rediscovered"
them with your work, or that you actually did good work on them,
I'll send you the remaining lessons nevertheless. Your
suggestions and critics on the whole crap I wrote are also