😏 Powershell : Compare and Extract (post Hashcat)

Let me explain the history, you’ve just completed a password audit and from that audit, you will end up with two files:

  1. The first file contains the cracked passwords with the hash values (file1.txt)
  2. The first file contains the usernames with the hash values (file2.txt)

Obviously, the second file is the output from the pot file that hashcat produced, however, it’s not a very smart idea unless you are running this In a lab environment, therefore, it’s always best to keep the passwords separate from the usernames that are attached to them.

So lets call these files file1.txt (cracked hashes and passwords) and file2.txt (usernames and original hashes) as you can see below:

Extract hashes from both files

Get-Content file1.txt | ForEach-Object { ($_ -split ':')[0] } > hashes_from_file1.txt

Get-Content file2.txt | ForEach-Object { ($_ -split ':')[1] } > hashes_from_file2.txt

Compare hashes from both files to find matches 

Compare-Object -ReferenceObject (Get-Content .\hashes_from_file1.txt) -DifferenceObject (Get-Content .\hashes_from_file2.txt) -IncludeEqual | Where-Object { $_.SideIndicator -eq '==' } | Select-Object -ExpandProperty InputObject > matching_hashes.txt

Extract usernames for associated hashes

$hashes = Get-Content .\matching_hashes.txt

Get-Content .\file2.txt | ForEach-Object {

    $split = $_ -split ':'

    if ($hashes -contains $split[1]) {



} | Out-File usernames_linked_to_hashes.txt

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