Generating Win95 (lanman) password hashes with Python

Arcady Genkin agenkin at
Fri Sep 13 21:37:40 CEST 2002

I need to generate Win95 password hashes from a Python script.  The
PyCrypto module ( provides
DES class:

that might be able to do what I need.  The hash that I need is the

   LAN Manager Password Hash

   This is a 32-bit hexadecimal sequence that represents the password
   Windows 95 and 98 clients will use. It is derived by encrypting the
   string KGS!@#$% with a 56-bit DES algorithm using the user's
   password (forced to 14 bytes and converted to capital letters)
   twice repeated as the key. If there is currently no password for
   this user, the first 11 characters of the hash will consist of the
   sequence NO PASSWORD followed by X characters for the
   remainder. Anyone can access the share with no password. On the
   other hand, if the password has been disabled, it will consist of
   32 X characters. Samba will not grant access to a user without a
   password unless the null passwords option has been set.

My first problem is that I don't understand how to get two 8-byte
strings from the 14-character password.  I'm guessing that the
password is padded with something.

The second problem is the "mode" parameter that I need to pass to the function.  Any idea what I might need?  The dir() on DES
gives the following available modes:


Any help would be appreciated.
Arcady Genkin : CDF sysadmin :

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