So I encrypted (years back) a Linux volume when I was a lot more security conscious than I am now. I have no idea what the password is. I might be able to guess one or two parts of it… maybe… but I’m basically at a loss.
I know there’s no hope besides a brute force attack, and something like Hashcat would likely work on the thing… except I don’t have the hash. I don’t even remember what the encryption protocol was.
Is there a relatively easy way to throw a dictionary at it? I have a giant 4GB dictionary, and I’m pretty sure I know one word. I’m willing to let the computer go at it for up to a week, before resigning myself to formatting the drive and using it for other things. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it directly. I just want to run something in the background I won’t have to think about. I know it’s a long shot and so I don’t want to sink a ton of time into this.
So the basic question: How to brute force an encrypted Linux drive (from a few years ago- so it has all the vulnerabilities that have been discovered since then) when you don’t have a hash. I don’t know enough to write a Bash script for it.
Or do I just give up now? Any help is much appreciated.