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The following is the README for UFC-crypt, with those portions deleted
that are known to be incorrect for the implementation used with the
GNU C library.
UFC-crypt: ultra fast 'crypt' implementation
@(#)README 2.27 11 Sep 1996
Design goals/non goals:
- Crypt implementation plugin compatible with crypt(3)/fcrypt.
- High performance when used for password cracking.
- Portable to most 32/64 bit machines.
- Startup time/mixed salt performance not critical.
Features of the implementation:
- On most machines, UFC-crypt runs 30-60 times faster than crypt(3) when
invoked repeated times with the same salt and varying passwords.
- With mostly constant salts, performance is about two to three times
that of the default fcrypt implementation shipped with Alec
Muffets 'Crack' password cracker. For instructions on how to
plug UFC-crypt into 'Crack', see below.
- With alternating salts, performance is only about twice
that of crypt(3).
- Requires 165 kb for tables.
Author & licensing etc
UFC-crypt is created by Michael Glad, email:, and has
been donated to the Free Software Foundation, Inc. It is covered by the
GNU library license version 2, see the file 'COPYING.LIB'.
The US government limits the export of DES based software/hardware.
This software is written in Aarhus, Denmark. It can therefore be retrieved
from ftp sites outside the US without breaking US law. Please do not
ftp it from american sites.
Benchmark table:
The table shows how many operations per second UFC-crypt can
do on various machines.
|Machine | SUN* SUN* HP* DecStation HP |
| | 3/50 ELC 9000/425e 3100 9000/720 |
| Crypt(3)/sec | 4.6 30 15 25 57 |
| Ufc/sec | 220 990 780 1015 3500 |
| Speedup | 48 30 52 40 60 |
*) Compiled using special assembly language support module.
It seems as if performance is limited by CPU bus and data cache capacity.
This also makes the benchmarks debatable compared to a real test with
UFC-crypt wired into Crack. However, the table gives an outline of
what can be expected.
Here are the optimizations used relative to an ordinary implementation
such as the one said to be used in crypt(3).
Major optimizations
- Keep data packed as bits in integer variables -- allows for
fast permutations & parallel xor's in CPU hardware.
- Let adjacent final & initial permutations collapse.
- Keep working data in 'E expanded' format all the time.
- Implement DES 'f' function mostly by table lookup
- Calculate the above function on 12 bit basis rather than 6
as would be the most natural.
- Implement setup routines so that performance is limited by the DES
inner loops only.
- Instead of doing salting in the DES inner loops, modify the above tables
each time a new salt is seen. According to the BSD crypt code this is
ugly :-)
Minor (dirty) optimizations
- combine iterations of DES inner loop so that DES only loops
8 times. This saves a lot of variable swapping.
- Implement key access by a walking pointer rather than coding
as array indexing.
- As described, the table based f function uses a 3 dimensional array:
sb ['number of 12 bit segment']['12 bit index']['48 bit half index']
Code the routine with 4 (one dimensional) vectors.
- Design the internal data format & uglify the DES loops so that
the compiler does not need to do bit shifts when indexing vectors.
Revision history
UFC patchlevel 0: base version; released to alt.sources on Sep 24 1991
UFC patchlevel 1: patch released to alt.sources on Sep 27 1991.
No longer rebuilds sb tables when seeing a new salt.
UFC-crypt pl0: Essentially UFC pl 1. Released to comp.sources.misc
on Oct 22 1991.
UFC-crypt pl1: Released to comp.sources.misc in march 1992
* setkey/encrypt routines added
* added validation/benchmarking programs
* reworked keyschedule setup code
* memory demands reduced
* 64 bit support added