I left my old job a few years back and wanted to check a few of my old pdf payslips but for the life of me I can’t remember the password.
I’ve tried using John The Ripper in incremental mode because I do know it wasn’t a complicated password (I never changed the one they provided me when they setup Sage as I never saw the need) but despite running for over a day it still hadn’t found it.
I was pretty sure it was just the first part of my email address (let’s call is abcchji) followed by, or perhaps preceded by a series of numbers. There may have been a single capital in it too at the start.
I’ve tried looking for guides, but the ones I’ve found are far more complicated than what I’m looking to achieve.
I want John the search solely for the string abcchji, but with John then trying random strings of numbers (0-9) and symbols (nothing exotic, maybe a ! or #, the passwords for everyone were set up together so I don’t remember it being too difficult to remember until I didn’t use it for 4 years)
Is what I’m looking to achieve even possible?