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Quick CryptoWall Question - Any Hope Comparing Files to Generate Key?

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#1 guptasa1


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Posted 21 August 2015 - 12:34 AM

Hi there,


I'm working on a computer for a client with CryptoWall.  I'm aware there's no hope at all for Brute Force decryption.  I may try Shadow Copy solutions and some others, but I was wondering if I could find an intact file that's "clean" and the same file encrypted, if there's a utility to compare and generate the key from that?  Or is this a waste of time also?


The virus itself is already gone, but the files are still locked of course.



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 04:21 AM

Hi there,

The method that you proposed is not feasible to do this with CryptoWall since it uses RSA-2048 encryption, which can take millions of years to crack one single key. So if your client does not have clean backups then he's out of luck.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 01:55 AM

Alexstrasza, thanks for the reply.


I knew RSA-2048 would take that long to crack without a comparison file - I was just hoping that having an intact file and an encrypted version of the same file would magically allow the key to be generated, but alas I thought that sounded too simple.  Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 04:21 PM

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